RARA-AVIS: hardboiled non-fiction

Stephen Holden (s.holden@lcpdt.linst.ac.uk)
Fri, 03 Jul 1998 09:28:44 -0700 I'd recommend two true crime books. Both stand out by not being so much
about the gory details of murder as about the background to what makes
someone a murderer. Gordon Burn's 'Somebody's Husband, Somebody's Son'
about Peter Sutcliffe, and Mikal Gilmore's 'Shot in the Heart.' The
latter is written by Gary Gilmore's brother.

And, reverting to fiction, some of the early Spanish picaresque novels
are pretty hardboiled. I'm thinking particularly of 'Lazarillo de
Tormes' and 'La Vida de Buscon' (both published by Penguin).

-- Stephen --
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