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Penzler on Ayn Rand

From Otto Penzler: By the Book – The New York Times

What book might people be surprised to find on your shelves?

I have virtually all the books written by Ayn Rand, several read more than once. She was the first person to have articulated so many of the things that I knew but hadn’t fully clarified.


Who is your favorite fictional hero or heroine? Your favorite antihero or villain?

The hero has to be Howard Roark from “The Fountainhead,” who has been a source of courage for me through the years. Tied for second would be Sherlock Holmes and Philip Marlowe. And Lassie deserves a mention. Antihero is Raffles, the gentleman jewel thief created by Arthur Conan Doyle’s brother-in-law, E. W. Hornung.

A great interview with one of today’s popular mystery writers.

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