RARA-AVIS: Gary Phillips' new Monk

Gary Warren Niebuhr (piesbook@execpc.com)
Thu, 09 Jul 1998 22:51:36 -0700 >I just finished BAD NIGHT IS FALLING by Gary Phillips
>his newest (July pub date) Ivan Monk PI novel. Good stuff--

I just finished Gary's book as well and I will be reviewing it for MYSTERY
NEWS. Phillips likes to give history lessons and teach about racial
relations in the U. S. He is a good writer, but he does have sections
where he develops his points of view, sort of like John D. MacDonald use to
do. His descriptions of L. A. are worth the price of admission. Monk, his
P. I., is not quite isolated or alienated enough to be really hard-boiled,
but this is still a tough world that Phillips develops and I would
encourage others to try him. Best, GWN.
P.I.E.S. (Private Investigator Entertainment Service)
Catalogs of new and used private eye fiction
Gary Warren Niebuhr, Owner
P. O. Box 341218
Milwaukee, WI 53234
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