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July 24, 2008


Thank you for the heads up. I will check it out for sure. The Hitchcock reference though peripheral supplies the supplemental meaning that (mike) hammers home the point. Take that, Spillane.
Love what you say about Emily.

Al Nussbaum and Jacqueline Ruth Rose were enemies. Bobby Wilcoxson was Nussbaum's crime partner. Nussbaum was the planner and Wilcoxson was the muscle. Nussbaum and Rose could not stand each other. Nussbaum and Rose both needed Wilcoxson.

I read Mr. Nussbaum's story "Collision" at that link and was very pleased with the reading. I'm trying to find more Nussbaum, but my local public library doesn't know him. Nussbaum's style, to judge by "Collision," is succinct, lucid and marvelously honest; I'm sure his being an experienced pug-ugly and, with all due respect, jerk, help to make this achievement possible. Thanks for bringing my attention to all this!

Many years ago I read a story by Nussbaum titled "The Artist". It remains to this date one of the best stories of its type I've ever read. The first person narrator is a psychopathic personality, but this is not truly revealed until the story's last couple of lines. Skillfully done. This guy was good. I've managed to ferret out a couple of more Nussbaum stories and they were also equally high quality, featuring crisp narration, an insight into the criminal mind, and a brilliant sense of irony. I'd like to see a collection of his work published.

Your wishes are about to come true. I am Al Nussbaum's daughter and am currently compiling a collection of his short stories. You can find out more at and I welcome your comments and hope you find this project interesting and worthwhile enough to spread the word!

Alison Nussbaum

I am Jacqueline Ruth Rose's daughter........ Thanks Bobby and Al.

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