We have but a few of Donald Hamilton's westerns and mystery/thrillers left in the collection. As paperback originals, they do not have much chance of surviving decade after decade on the shelves. But we try to add them back in as they appear in the donated books; Hamilton was one of our authors.
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Donald Hamilton, 1916-2006
News is being passed around the mystery world that Donald Hamilton died last fall at age 90. A long-time Santa Fean, Mr. Hamilton had spent the last 10 years of his life in Sweden, where he was born. As Charles Ardai of Hard Case Crime wrote, "We've lost a number of giants of the mystery field over the past few years -- Mickey Spillane, Ed McBain, and Richard S. Prather, among others -- and Donald Hamilton is very much of that caliber. He sold more than 20 million books during his lifetime. But unlike Spillane, McBain and Prather, all of whom were widely remembered at the time of their death, Don's passing has sadly gone unremarked."