Re: RARA-AVIS: Stirring up trouble: Drowning and Connelly

Mario Taboada (
Tue, 13 Jan 1998 00:04:56 +0000 Bill Denton:

<<I picked up _The Poet_ a few days ago, remembering what you'd said
about Connelly, Mario, and loved it. The plot is extremely compelling
- it was unputdownable - and there was something a little odd - flat,
maybe, but not in a bad way - about the narration that intrigued me.
I'm surprised to see others here couldn't even be bothered to finish
some of this other books but I'm going to give try the Harry Bosch

Connelly has a gift for creating suspense and his plots are devilish. To
my mind, the best Bosch is "The Concrete Blonde" - I bet you won't be
able to put than one down, either. The "flatness" that you observed in
"The Poet" is fairly typical of Connelly. Perhaps his experience as a
reporter for the L.A. Times shaped his detached style. I notice the same
detachment in the work of Julie Smith, another former reporter -
although she is very different in other respects, her sense of humor
being the most visible one.

I was going to read Kent Harrington's "Dark Ride" and write a little
review, but unfortunately I picked up "Cat and Mouse", a late Gault
novel (1988) featuring Brock (The Rock) Callahan and got wrapped up in
it. In this book, Gault has a neighbor called Bill Crider...

Too much to read, and too little time. At least I remember The Drowning
Pool, afterm so many rereadings - maybe I can participate.


Mario Taboada
# To unsubscribe, say "unsubscribe rara-avis" to
# The web pages for the list are at