Re: RARA-AVIS: Newbie Intro

Reed Andrus (
Fri, 24 Jul 1998 21:52:00 -0700 PhantomPhan wrote:
> Hello, all. I'm new to this list so here's a brief intro. I'm Cynthia from
> the central coast of California and have been a lover of the (hardboiled and
> otherwise) detective fiction genre since my dad gave me The Murder of Roger
> Ackroyd (Agatha Christie) to read when I was twelve (32 years ago). I've
> been lurking for a while but missed the beginning of the "posting of fiction
> on the list" debate. Don't worry; I don't have any fiction to post. Could
> someone let me know how often a book is selected for reading and discussion
> and when the next novel is due? I'm currently reading one of John
> Sandford's "Prey" series with detective Lucas Davenport. I'm enjoying this
> series so far. Is this type of novel appropriate for rara-avis, or are we
> limited to the classics, ala Hammett and Chandler, et. al.? I look forward
> to some good reading and discussion here. PhantomPhan.

Hi Cynthia!

Just to let you know you're not alone with newer authors. I've read all
the Sandford "Prey" books (except his latest, which is on my shelf
waiting its turn) as well as his non-Lucas Davenport THE NIGHT CREW, and
the John Camp books. Don't know where you are in the series, but Lucas
plays pretty rough beginning, I believe, in WINTER PREY.

Hard-boiled novels are like a box of chocolates -- you never know if
you'll like one until you bite into it.

... Reed
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