RARA-AVIS: Re: Replacements

James Stephenson (James_E_Stephenson@umail.umd.edu)
Mon, 30 Mar 1998 08:41:45 -0500 > Do any other instances of "protagonist replacement" come to mind?

Yeah, I'm reading one right now. In 1987 Rex Miller published _Slob_,
which was intended to be the first in a trilogy of novels featuring Jack
Eichord, a Chicago homicide detective. Instead it became the first in a
quartet of novels featuring Eichord's quarry, the 469 lb. genius/idiot
serial murderer "Chaingang" Bunkowksi. Miller was right: ex-alcoholic
homicide detectives are a dime a dozen, but there's only one Chaingang.
This quartet of Chaingang novels are ferociously original and completely
unclassifiable, straddling the "hardboiled" and "horror" genres like Joe
R. Lansdale and James Ellroy have done.

James Stephenson
Rare Books & Special Collections Cataloger
McKeldin Library
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
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