Re: RARA-AVIS: Block/Scudder

Mark Sullivan (
Tue, 21 Jul 1998 23:32:31 -0400 (EDT) As far as Block's other series go, I've read a few Burglars, not
hardboiled at all. I haven't read any Tanners and have only just gotten
the first Chip Harrison.

However, I highly recommend his early paperback originals, both under
his own name and, especially, as Paul Kavanaugh (which have since been
reprinted under Block's name). Under his name, Mona, Deadly Honeymoon
and The Girl with the Long Green Heart are all very good. The
Kavanaughs are even more hardboiled. Such Men are Dangerous, a
first-person narrative by "Paul Kavanaugh' is one of the most hardboiled
books I've read, about a veteran (a sniper, as I recall) who is rejected
by the CIA for being too sociopathic, but is recrutied for one job (or
is he?). He makes Richard Stark's Parker seem warm.


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