Re: RARA-AVIS: Future books to read

James Rogers (
Wed, 25 Mar 1998 20:22:01 -0600 (CST) At 08:44 PM 3/25/98 -0500, you wrote:
>On Mon, 23 Mar 1998, Kevin Smith wrote:
>: >Loved _Rage In Harlem_!! What's next on the list Bill?
>: Wait! Don't give up on discussing it. I've found a copy!
>Let us know what you think.
>: And to whet your whistle, since we seem to be into the black side of
>: hardboiled, what with Himes and Mosley on the reading list, what do
>: you folks think of Gar Haywood's Aaron Gunner?
>I don't think I've ever heard of Haywood, but I'm willing to give it a
>shot if there's something we can all pick up. Any titles readily
>available in print that you can suggest?
>Barring that, any other suggestions? Johnathan Latimer? Richard
>S. Prather? Maybe something hardboiled but not a mystery? O'Brien's
>"Checklist" in _Hardboiled America_ (which I have up at
><URL:> lists
>some books by James T. Farrell, John dos Passos and even Faulkner and
>Graham Greene. I don't want to try Faulkner, but if people see
>something on there that looks interesting then we might as well give
>it a shot.

Yeesh, Farrell? You mean like _Studs Lonegan_?. I don't really
buy that as even ancestral hardboiled. Faulkner is tough (to read, I mean)
but at least he bears some realtion to the genre in _Sanctuary_ and maybe a
couple of others. I guess I would recommend McCoy's _They Shoot Horses,
Don't They?_, assuming it's still in print. Or a Willeford or a Cain.

James Michael Rogers

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