Posts Tagged ‘Himmler’

What’s In A Name?


July 23rd, 2020 Posted 7:42 am

Whoa! Haven’t done this feature in some time, where we look at a character name in the Chet and Bernie series – or elsewhere in the writings of Peter Abrahams (who can’t write the character till he’s got the right name). How about we try Gudrun Burr, powerful lawyer – and much more, it turns out – at the white-shoe law firm Lobb and Edmonds in Of Mutts and Men. (Bernie even remarks at one point, “A white-shoe firm if there ever was one.” That’s me underlining the joke for readers who know the expression white-shoe law firm but don’t know that Lobb and Edmonds are two high-end shoe manufacturers.) But back to Gudrun Burr. Burr, of course, summons the memory of Aaron Burr, a powerful and very capable, but bent, character, who ended up on the wrong side of history. And it sounds just like a shiver – brrrr. Gudrun Himmler was Himmler’s long-lived and unrepentant daughter.

Any other characters you want me to bloviate about?


No More Himmler!


November 16th, 2011 Posted 7:51 am

“And a good thing,” says Spence. “Outside of the evil they did, none of those top Nazis seem at all interesting, in contrast to some of those who opposed them – Churchill and FDR, to name two.”

“But I am looking forward to reading Ian Kershaw’s The End: The Defiance and Destruction of Hitler’s Germany, 1944-1945,” Admin says.

“Maybe you’ll get it for Christmas.”

“I’m giving you a bottle of Appleton Rum from Jamaica – the one with the black cap,” says Admin.

“Any reason you’re telling me now?” Spence says.


Today’s post is dedicated to the Macy family.

Welcome two dudes on the job, Slick and Jenny, Cricket.

“I saw it on sale,” Admin says, sort of to himself.


Himmler (More)


November 15th, 2011 Posted 8:19 am

“I think you confused people with the Heinrich Himmler as P.I. thing,” Spence says. “Care to clarify?”

Admin sighs. “This was at Crime Bake. It’s a crime fiction conference and a lot of the people who come are looking for guidance.”

“So what were you doing there? Heh heh, just kidding.”

Admin gives Spence a look. “This particular panel was on how to build suspense. I was just pointing out that there are technical things, yes, but nothing works unless you care about the character.”

“And as an example, you – ?”

“Exactly. Picked Heinrich Himmler out of the air. Suppose he was the P.I., solving crimes, getting in danger. You wouldn’t care. In fact you’d want him to fail.”

“Didn’t he come to a grubby end?”

“Yes, wandering around in disguise. The Brits captured him, identified him, but failed to search him properly, thus missing the suicide pill he successfully took. He should have been in the dock at Nuremberg.”

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Crime Bake


November 14th, 2011 Posted 8:33 am

“How was yesterday’s Crime Bake panel?” says Spence.

“No one threw anything,” Admin says. “Not even when I floated the idea of a P.I. series with Heinrich Himmler as the P.I.”

“I’m sorry?”

“I think that’s what I said. Illustrating a point, kind of thing.”

“The point being?”

Admin gazes into the distance, possibly thinking. “Have to get back to you on that,” he says.

Welcome Angel, Neil.


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