Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Crossover Cover: Toros & Torsos
Craig McDonald is the author of a series about author Hector Lassiter. In a previous post, I covered the Lassiter novel The Great Pretender, which had references to the Pink Rat bar, the Cobalt Club, and Moe "Shrevvy" Shrevnitz from the Shadow novels. Toros & Torsos takes place fro August 31, 1935-July 2, 1961, and has crossovers as well. Harriet Blair tells Hector she has read all of his novels and Holly Martins,’ and she just finished Martins’ Lone Rider of Santa Fe. The art pieces owned by Lassiter include a couple of pieces by Nick Hart and a Matisse he picked up from the estate of Bertram Stone. Hector has a friend from Paris named Libby who now has an art gallery in Cannes. At Chicote’s, Hector chats with an older woman named Roslyn, who lived for many years in Alaska and met Kafka and Houdini. Holly Martins is from the movie The Third Man, starring Orson Welles as Harry Lime and Joseph Cotten as Holly. Interestingly, Welles himself is a recurring character in the Hector Lassiter series. The Third Man must be a slightly fictionalized account of Holly Martins and Harry Lime’s real exploits in Vienna. Roslyn and her friend Cicely are the founders of the town of Cicely, Alaska on the television series Northern Exposure. Nick Hart, Bertram Stone, and Libby Valentin are from the movie The Moderns.