<<Richard Prather -- GAT HEAT and THE COCKEYED
Well, just when I said that I never read a Prather that made
me laugh out loud I found one that did. GAT HEAT is
absolutley tremendous, highly recommended.>>
I agree. It's a raucous riot (I claim a first for this
terrible quasipleonasm). There are lots of unforgettable
scenes. The guy writes well, too, let's face it.
Now, I have a more positive opinion of James Lee Burke.He has
a well-defined style, a framework, and he sticks to it. Some
of his plots I've found weird, or unfocussed. Burke is
descended not from the hardboiled school but from the
naturalistic Southern school (Faulkner, O'Connor). I don't
hear echoes of Hammett or Chandler in his work, which is rare
in a crime writer.
What do the fedoras and fedorettes think of Burke?
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