RARA-AVIS: Non-U.S. Writers, chocolates and various filler...

Kevin Smith (kvnsmith@colba.net)
Sat, 25 Jul 1998 13:51:10 -0500 >t looks like Mark Timlin, Derek Raymond and Ted Lewis are all
>unavailable in the US. However, many of their books are available in
>the UK. I have had very satisfactory dealings wth both
>http://www.murderone.co.uk and http://www.bookshop.co.uk in ordering UK
>books from the states.

I like the idea of reading a non-American every now and then, too. I've
seen the Timlin and Raymond books around in Canada, for those of you living
close to the border. They're still relatively hard to find, but they are
around. Ooops! Will just said the same thing...the Timlin books are pretty
good, pretty pulpy. Another, really good non-U.S. writer is Australian
Peter Corris, with his Cliff Hardy series, set in Sydney, Australia. And
there's a Brit called Frank Lean who's been getting some good blurbs here
and there.

And wouldn't any decent bookstore be able to order a British book? It seems
to me it would be easier to deal with a local store.

And I like the chocolate box analogy too..far better than when it was used
in Gump. There' it was just "You'll never know what you'll get." Well,
chocolate, I'd assume...

The McNally books hardboiled? Hmmm, not really. More Thin Man-tough, than
truly hardboiled. Fun to read, though, in a pulpy, beach book kinda way
(dare I mention "Cheese"?). Lawrence Sanders actually did write some
half-decent books, hardboiled and otherwise, and he could be quite
entertaining. In a different age, he would have been churnin' 'em out for
the pulps, and probably quite successfully.

And now, here's a question for all you Rare Birds out there: what two
books, by Donald Westlake and Joe Gores, respectively, share an entire
chapter? I was under the impression it was Drowned Hopes and 32 Cadillacs,
but according to a conversation with Gores, related to me by another
visitor to this list, his book was Dead Skip, not Cadillacs...does anyone
know the Westlake book, then? I'm reasonaly sure it was a Dortmunder novel.

Kevin Smith
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