Re: RARA-AVIS: Newbie Intro

Mario Taboada (
Fri, 24 Jul 1998 11:15:19 +0000 James Rogers:

[amusing tale of not making out with dame deleted]

<<Anyway, we do read modern stuff.....if we have to.>>

I try to be on the lookout for new and good hardboiled authors. But
nowadays there don't seem to be that many authors going that route,
though the number matters less than the quality (for example, the
outstanding work of Mosley, mentioned often here and discussed on the
reading list, so good that it virtually silences criticism).

There are also bandwagons - such as the serial killer thing. How many
original books can you write with that theme? And a lot of current
private eye novels aren't hardboiled (which doesn't mean they aren't
good or even excellent).

I would like to follow up on someone's suggestion that we look at
British hardboiled authors. Timlin is one I haven't read, though I would
like to. Who publishes him in the United States? There was discussion of
Derek Raymond some time ago, and someone pointed out that a lot of his
stuff was out of print. If we could find a good one that's reasonably
available, he would be a natural candidate for discussion.

By the way, where is Russell James? He was among the first subscribers
to rara-avis, then seemed to disappear.


Mario Taboada
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