A Derail Thread in General Discussion Forum Posted February 23, 2019 · Edited February 23, 2019 by Dillon Levenque 42 minutes ago, Rolig Loon said: I'm just pleased to see Keith Laumer's name on Lindal's list. I've read everything he wrote, I think. As much as I enjoyed the Retief stories and the Lafayette O'Leary ones, and the Dinochrome Brigade series, I think some of his best writing was in one-off short stories like End As A Hero. Laumer had an unparalleled sense of humor and irony, and a Dickensian flair for colorful names. His plots were fairly linear, but usually with a twist that caught me by surprise. There's a Laumer story (title escapes me as usual) that I loved. Can't recall whether it was a novel or a short story, but the hook was the hero. It was written first person like most of Laumer's stuff, but in this case that person was a dead ringer for Philip Marlowe, Raymond Chandler's famous private detective. He goes through the whole story dropping Chandleresque lines right and left; it's so much fun to read. I do remember that for some reason the baddies in the story were associated with a color that I remember as being described as Nile Green, although that makes no sense whatever. Mr. Marlowe at work, as portrayed by a fairly well-known actor of years gone by ;-): ETA: Now that I've thought about it, I'm not even sure if it was Laumer that wrote that story; might have been someone else. I think I'm right just because Laumer injected a fair amount of humor in his stories; it'd be the kind of thing I'd expect from him. By the way, this whole Science Fiction thing is a hella long derail. We've been on topic for more than a page!