A Visit with Mike Nevins

Mike Nevins, who writes as Francis M. Nevins, visited me this week.  After a great Chinese dinner which my wife, Linda, prepared, Mike and I spent the evening talking about hard-boiled authors.  Mike, who’s been writing about authors — as well as his own novels and short stories — for more than 40 years, is fascinating to listen to. 

The next morning I took him on a tour of Elmira where Frederic Dannay (Ellery Queen) spent part of his childhood.  Here’s Mike at the Chemung River which Dannay referred to in his writing.

As Mike pointed out when we parted, we were brought together “by the ghost of William Ard.  I’ve used several of Mike’s Armchair Detective articles in my research and will soon be posting his bibliography of Ard.

Mike discovered this site in the fall of 2010 and emailed me on Thanksgiving morning.  Mike was responsible for getting Ard back in print via Fender Tucker of Ramble House Press


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