RARA-AVIS: Pellecanos (was: new to the list)

P McDermott (pmcd@clark.net)
Fri, 16 Jan 1998 15:29:41 -0500 (EST) >...and I hope this doesn't ruffle your (or too many others') feathers
>much, but Pellecanos *hard-boiled*?

I agree that the Nick Stefanos books are not hardboiled in the classic
sense. In my opinion, they have hardboiled characteristics, notably the
lone outsider moving within, around, and against a corrupt system. I enjoy
the descriptions of the seemier edge of society, and find the detail
entertaining (although if he says "I left ten on five" one more time...). I
think he's overplayed the drinking angle -- the quantities consumed grow
more unbelievable with each book.

I don't find Nick to be all that *sensitive* -- just hungover. (By the way,
is *sensitive* a reference to an earlier thread?)

All in all, I guess what I should have said is simply that I enjoy Pellecanos.

I will be much more cautious about my use of terminology in future. I
realize that language can be a highly charged issue, especially amongst
those who actually appreciate it.

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