Stuff I Wish I’d Written … Kate Laity on Elisabeth Sanxay Holding’s The Blank Wall


Thanks to Jason for allowing me to talk at length about a fantastic novelist more people should be reading. Raymond Chandler says so!

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Hi Kate, which novel are we talking about?

Elisabeth Sanxay Holding’s The Blank Wall.

What’s the synopsis in 30 words or less?

In the midst of WWII a woman finds herself in trouble: her husband’s somewhere in the south Pacific and her daughter is being blackmailed by a thug. When the thug turns up dead, things get worse: he’s got a partner and the price has gone up.

Raymond Chandler rated Elisabeth Sanxay Holding as a great suspense novelist. How has her star been hidden under a bushel all these years? Or has it?

Because dudes are afraid to be seen admiring women; well, quality men like Chandler aren’t afraid, but a lot of mealy-mouthed pathetic excuses are. It’s a sad thing, but you can see it now, too. A big part of it is friends promoting friends, but most men are not friends with women — and they lose…

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  1. realthog says:

    I think all sane writers envy ESH. Even her lesser novels are wonderful page-turning reads, Thanks for promoting her into the public view!

    1. katelaity says:

      But then you have always been a reader of superb taste!

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