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What’s In A Name?


August 15th, 2016 Posted 9:56 am

Mrs. Publicist: Fifteenth of the month, and therefore time for What’s In A Name, where Spence discusses a character name from the Chet and Bernie series. (These are available for purchase wherever books are sold, by the way – wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t mention that!) What’s it going to be, Spence?

Spencer Quinn: How about old man Heydrich, Chet and Bernie’s neighbor on other side – meaning not the Parsons.

Mrs. P: A lovely old couple.

SQ: Exactly the point! The name Heydrich is kind of topical right now – although it wasn’t when the series started.

Mrs. P: You’re referring to the movie Anthropoid?

SQ: I am. It’s about the assassination of the Richard Heydrich, who was one of the top two or three in the Nazi leadership at the time. So giving the character that name was a very broad brush kind of stroke. He was introduced in book one, DOG ON IT, but the payoff doesn’t come until book eight, SCENTS AND SENSIBILITY. (And, dear readers, there will be more C&B).

Mrs. P: Quickly leafing through here. Is this the payoff you mentioned, Bernie talking to Mr. Singh, the pawnbroker?

“He sells you Nazi uniforms?”

 “And the occasional battle ribbon and medal, as I mentioned.”

Bernie gazed over at Heydrich’s house. The buzzard on the roof – one of those red-headed buzzards with a bone-colored beak – turned in our direction. It loosed a squawky cry, rose heavily into the air, and flapped away.

SQ: Great leafing!

Mrs. P: Thanks, Spence! See you next month for another episode of What’s In A Name!


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