I'm a big fan of both of those series by Dennis Lynds. He has
a very nice way of working his cultural critique into the
fabric of his well-plotted stories. Very rarely is there a
lecture like the ones you get in Travis McGee novels, for
instance. Which reminds me, I haven't read any of his books
under the John Crowe or William Arden names. Are they
hardboiled? How are they? Finally, anyone know which Maxwell
Grant Shadows he ghosted?
I always enjoyed the Travis McGee series, including the
lectures, which I thought fit the character. I prefer the
first two-thirds or so of the series to the later ones, but
even those are better than many writers' better books.
And I second the endorsement of Ross Macdonald's Lew Archer
books and Doomsters is one of the better ones in a great
series, right at the corner Macdonald turned when the books
became more psychological.
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