Home » Have Trenchcoat: Will Travel, and Others by E.E. Doc Smith
Have Trenchcoat: Will Travel, and Others E.E. Doc Smith

Have Trenchcoat: Will Travel, and Others

E.E. Doc Smith

Published 2001
ISBN : 9780911682335
Hardcover
288 pages
Enter the sum

 About the Book 

This book is not science fiction. The disclaimer is necessary because the late Edward Elmer Doc Smith made his literary name in writing science fiction. He was one of the earliest writers of interstellar and intergalactic adventure stories, fondlyMoreThis book is not science fiction. The disclaimer is necessary because the late Edward Elmer Doc Smith made his literary name in writing science fiction. He was one of the earliest writers of interstellar and intergalactic adventure stories, fondly referred to as space opera. His Skylark novels began to appear in the science fiction magazines in 1928, followed by his epic Lensman series starting in 1937. Docs literary estate has now released to Advent the four stories which make up this book- they have never before been published. So far as we know, these are Docs only stories that are not science fiction or fantasy. Advent usually publishes only non-fiction related to science fiction, such as criticism or bibliography- we are bringing out this book primarily because of its associational interest to Doc Smiths many fans. The title novel, Have Trenchcoat--Will Travel, is a contemporary private eye thriller. Doc called it a whodunit, but it is really more of a howdunit. Ace private investigator Matyas Ty Nagy knows practically from the start who the villain is- the problem is to figure out just what he did and track him down. Vanessa Vukovich--a beautiful tigress of a woman--hires Ty to find her fugitive husband. She discovers in Ty a tiger to match her own spirit. They quickly fall in love, making it all the more urgent to locate Alex Vukovich so she can divorce him. It soon transpires that Vanessa may already be a widow--but it may be impossible to prove it. The three shorter stories are Motorsickle Cop, an adventure story of the Newvadia highway patrol, reflecting Docs life-long interest in biking- Nester of the Caramints, a Western set near the end of the frontierdays- and Full-Time Nurse, a light romance which may have been inspired by Docs own experience with heart-lung surgery.