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F5. How Green Was My Father

F5.1. Beals, Carleton. Saturday Review of Literature 30, no. 27 (July 5, 1947): 26-27.
    “However, by his own account, he came pretty close to perfection as a general ignoramus and easy-mark, and it is precisely this ‘Innocents Abroad,’ babe-in-the-woods approach that provides much of the hilarity of this little volume. ... Mr. Dodge has written a delightful, mirthful book, which was all he set out to do.”

F5.2. Berrett, Jesse. What I’m Reading, December 4, 2006.
    “The really sad part is that the family ends up in Guatemala, which [Dodge] considers fairer, more clean, more efficient, and more generally honest than Mexico—a mere 7 years before the US-backed overthrow of the Arbenz regime, which led to more than forty years of dirty war against the people. It’s a sad extra-textual gravity to add to the book.”

F5.3. Bulletin from Virginia Kirkus’ Bookshop Service 15 (Mar. 1, 1947): 149 [citation verification needed]
    “Bright moments here for the progress, largely in reverse, to Guatemala, this is a really funny (vicariously to be sure) account of the author’s attempts to transport himself and family into Mexico by car, with no help whatsoever from the various systems of transportation and communication ... The market, with the boom in Mexican travel business, should be obvious.” Full review online | Additional review online | Additional review online

F5.4. New York Times Book Review 52, no. 18 (May 4, 1947): 20.
    “THIS BOOK COULD CAUSE A LOT OF TROUBLE (But it’s worth it). Thousands of disappointed American tourists may demand their money back from the Mexican government because THEY motored through Mexico and nothing funny happened at all ... Disputes over favorite passages may break out into physical violence now and then ... School kids may start playing hookey from their language classes ... American women will be outraged by what the author says about Mexican women ... Stout-hearted disciples of Benchley, Perelman, Thurber, etc., may start writing the critics poison-pen letters ... Hell hath no fury like the disciple of a great humorist when informed by a critic that another humorist is just as funny. Luckily our man Dodge isn’t following in any footsteps buthis own (which gives his prose that weavy feeling) so let Benchley-ites, Perelmanites, and Thurberites just swallow the sugary pill that another fine humorist has come along.” [Advertisement]

F5.6. Rogers, W. G. “Psst! Differs from Whistle Below Border,” Washington Post (June 1, 1947): S10.
    “For no reason, apparently, this author, whose home was in San Francisco, decided to move himself, his wife Elva and their young daughter Kendal to Guatemala....I can’t figure out whether they had a good time getting there, but for the reader it’s a lot of fun....For a long time I’ve read nothing quite so hilarious as the description of the difference between a whistle and a pssst!”

F5.7. The Times Literary Supplement [London] 2,573 (May 25, 1951): 330.
    “The author, his wife and small daughter make difficult progress and the Mexicans provide a good many of the butts of Mr. Dodge’s humour, but there are some wittily described episodes for those who are undismayed by ‘a sort of travel diary’ in colloquial American.

F5.8. Wedeck, Harry E. “Que Tal, Hombre?” New York Times Book Review 52, no. 18 (May 4, 1947): 43.
    “In essence this is a travel book, but with a difference. It is spontaneous, free from any trace of stodginess, and is even informative, in a distorted kind of way. Mature and wildly boisterous, it is the fantastic, zanylike and at all times unpredictable odyssey of the Dodge family—two adults and an inquisitive offspring—to Guatemala via Mexico.”

F6. How Lost Was My Weekend

F6.1. Bulletin from Virginia Kirkus’ Bookshop Service 16 (Feb. 15, 1948): 94 [citation verification needed]
    “Again a fairly irresponsible itinerary of an engaging threesome, this is catchy, and a foregone conclusion for the market of the first, which did very all right.” Full review online | Additional review online

F6.2. Carew, Dudley. “Looking at Life,” Times Literary Supplement [London] 2,468 (May 20, 1949): 330.
    “Mr. Dodge’s title is cheap and misleading. He spent a good deal more than a week-end in Guatemala and was sober-minded enough to be an appreciative observer of what he saw ... The humour is effective in its own not over-subtle way; the facetiousness, when he drops into it, bearable.”

F6.3. James, Edith. “Greenhorn in Guatemala,” San Francisco Chronicle 166, no. 113 (May 7, 1948): 22.
    “Now come further funny words from Mr. Dodge in the form of “another sort of travel diary” titled ‘How Lost Was My Week End’ ... The week end he lost in Guatemala (with side visits to Honduras and Antigua) was actually a year and a half, but according to the author, there were compensations. And there were ...”

F6.4. Mellinger, Margaret. “Coctels and Barracuda,” New York Times Book Review 53 (June 20, 1948): 10.
    “Having successfully rollicked through Mexico, Mr. Dodge, erstwhile mystery-story writer turned professional traveler, moves southward in his most recent book to the banana republics. The ostensible purpose of his fifteen-month residence in Guatemala was to gather material for future murder mysteries. Thus, not without reason, much of the book is given over to the exploration of oddities of Central American custom.”

F6.5. New York Herald Tribune Weekly Book Review 25, no. 13 (Nov. 14, 1948): 38.
    “This vivid account of a mystery writer’s semi-holiday in Guatemala is complete with incidents, accidents and the usual troubles involving customs officials, auto licenses and Latin-American ways in general.”

F6.6. Oakland Tribune (May 9, 1948): 5C.
    “San Francisco mystery writer finds Guatemala wilder and stranger and certainly funnier than anything he could have invented.”

F6.7. Ross, Jean L. Library Journal 73, no. 7 (Apr. 1, 1948): 554.
    “This book continues the family’s hilarious adventures as residents of Guatemala. It is really funny, often brash, but gives real information and some excellent pictures of life in Central America. Will be popular.”

F7. The Long Escape

F7.1. Bulletin from Virginia Kirkus’ Bookshop Service 16 (June 1, 1948): 270 [citation verification needed]
    “Romps right along.” Full review online

F7.2. Cuppy, Will. New York Herald Tribune Weekly Book Review 24, no. 52 (Aug. 15, 1948): 10.
    “Mr. Dodge, an experienced baffler, is now working his way through Latin America with considerable effect.”

F7.3. Doyle, Edward Dermot. “A Check List of Some of the Better Titles of the Past Quarter for Christmas Giving,” San Francisco Chronicle Christmas Book Issue (Nov. 28, 1948): 9.
    “Dazzling scenery and some equally dazzling doings en route.”

F7.4. Doyle, Edward Dermot. This World [San Francisco Chronicle] 12, no. 14 (Aug. 8, 1948): 13.
    “‘I am a native of San Francisco. I still like San Francisco better than any place except possibly Guatemala City ...’ These words appear on the dust jacket of Traitor Dodge’s new book. For shame, Davy, for shame. Nevertheless, the new book is a honey ...”

F7.5. Henderson, Robert W. Library Journal 73, no. 13 (July 1948): 1026.
    “Author’s penchant for Latin American peregrinations obtrudes into his novel in which there is as much travel as plot.”

F7.6. Maclaren-Ross, Julian. “Detective Stories,” Times Literary Supplement [London] 2,523 (June 9, 1950): 353.
    “Here are most of the ingredients made familiar to us by Mr. Dashiell Hammett, without the distinctive hallmark of the genuine article.”

F7.7. New Yorker 24, no. 26 (Aug. 21, 1948): 80.
    “A neat puzzle, considerably enhanced by an authentic-sounding South American background.”

F7.8. Saturday Review of Literature 31, no. 33 (Aug. 14, 1948): 24.
    “Plenty of punch and color ... Better grade.”

F7.9. Sherman, Beatrice. New York Times Book Review 53, no. 32 (Aug. 8, 1948): 15.
    “Romance, shooting and even a bit of grave-robbing ...”

F8. Plunder of the Sun

F8.1. Boucher, Anthony. New York Times Book Review 54, no. 23 (June 5, 1949): 25.
    “This trick of fitting your characters into what you know, plus an equal clarity and directness in the handling of language, may account for the vivid authenticity of all Dodge’s mysteries ... When you’ve recovered your breath at the end, you’ll know more than you did about the past and present of Peru and you’ll have read some fine, hard-packed, hard-hitting prose.”

F8.2. Bulletin from Virginia Kirkus’ Bookshop Service 17 (Apr. 1, 1949): 189 [citation verification needed]
    “Never a dull moment, and many that are accelerated and absorbing.” Full review online

F8.3. Cuppy, Will. New York Herald Tribune Weekly Book Review 25, no. 42 (June 5, 1949): 12.
    “Mr. Dodge, a glutton for local color, loads his tale with same, including suitable reference to the llama, the alpaca and the vicuna. A readable travel-mystery, violent in spots, with a sketchy background deriving from ‘The Conquest of Peru.’”

F8.4. Doyle, Edward Dermot. This World [San Francisco Chronicle] 13, no. 6 (June 12, 1949): 13.
    “For color and action and plenty of Dodge-Colby rip-snorting, try ‘Plunder.’”

F8.5. Jackson, Joseph Henry. “Notes on the Margin,” San Francisco Chronicle 168, no. 113 (May 28, 1949): 10.
    “Take [C.E.] Scoggins’ material and work it over more or less in the style of Raymond Chandler, so to say, and you’ve got an idea of what Dodge’s ‘Plunder of the Sun’ is like. It’s pure escape, moves at a fast clip, and will provide its readers with an hour or two of suspense and excitement.”

F8.6. Maclaren-Ross, Julian. “Detective Stories,” Times Literary Supplement [London] 2,554 (Jan. 12, 1951): 17.
    “Mr. David Dodge is a practitioner of the modern thick-ear transatlantic school, deriving more, in essence, from Nick Carter than Dashiell Hammett. ”

F8.7. New Yorker 24, no. 15 (June 4, 1949): 95-96.
    “Al Colby, Mr. Dodge’s resourcefully drawn private detective, is fast becoming our leading expert on South American skullduggery ... Good, solid stuff.”

F8.8. Saturday Review of Literature 32, no. 22 (May 28, 1949): 34.
    “Struggle to get parchment that tells all about Inca hoard provides plentiful action, information, colorful backgrounds, and some romance ... Exciting.”

F8.9. Washington Post (June 5, 1949): B6.
    “The tale is lucid and intriguing.”

Reviews of the Hard Case Crime reprint.

Clarke, Craig. Craig’s Book Club, [2005?]
    “It’s a first: a novel from Hard Case Crime that I didn’t particularly like ... [but] I liked Dodge’s style enough that I would likely try another of his books.”

“FFB: Plunder of the Sun by David Dodge.” The Restless Kind, October 22, 2009.
    “This is ... one of the better examples of the kind of story that Indiana Jones was (and is) riffing on and inspired by ... all and all, a nice change of pace that’s not too far off the beaten track for Hard Case Crime.”

Fleming, Dan. “The Long Con Week 27: Plunder of the Sun.” My Year in Crime, July 8, 2010.
    “A perfect read on a hot summer’s day, sitting by the pool wishing you were in some impoverished South American country, hip deep in dirt.”

“Hard Case Crime Files: Heart of Gold.” Pornokitsch, March 13, 2012.
    “Plunder of the Sun is a slow read, more concerned about the minutiae of the adventure than the excitement. For every shot fired, there’s three pages of Colby secreting documents around small Peruvian towns. For every passionate kiss with a mysterious and foxy woman, there are paragraphs of explanation about Incan treasure, infrared film or using a shovel. It is never outright info-dumping, the result feels professional, not ponderous.” [Reviewed with Peter Rabe’s Stop This Man! (HCC-059)]

Hartlaub, Joe. “Review: Plunder of the Sun.”, May 2005.
    “One cannot read the book without spending at least a few moments wondering how such a work could have gone out of print for so long ... This is a great story, by an under-acknowledged master. Highly recommended.”

Lott, Rod. Bookgasm, [2005?]
    “There are few thriller scenarios more fun than a treasure hunt ... It’s amazing that PLUNDER, at more than 55 years old, is as vibrant and thrilling as ever.”

Shurin, Jared. “Underground Reading: Plunder of the Sun by David Dodge.” Pornokitsch, March 20, 2013.
    “And, on covers, the Hard Case Crime edition features more work from the legendary Robert McGinnis. Sadly, despite my undying love for the man’s work, this one doesn’t quite do it for me. Ana Luz (for that’s the woman, presumably) is a very strange shade of pale ... With her Galactus-sized presence included, it makes you question whether all three figures are even in the same scene. However... awesome burro.” [Reviewed as part of an ambitious—and impressive—project, begun in January 2013, to review “each and every Hard Case Crime mystery—starting at #1 and working our way through!” Track progress here.]

Siders, Robert. 52 Novels, August 30, 2006.
    “I enjoyed this read but there was something about it that didn’t pull me in the way I’d hoped.”

Waltz, Douglas A. The Groovy Age of Horror, June 17, 2010.
    “This thing reads like an out of control freight train ... Author David Dodge writes realistic situations and characters and puts them in exotic locales doing, well, some pretty weird stuff.”

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