RARA-AVIS: Zackel, Ellroy & Crider

Frank D (bearlodge@email.msn.com)
Mon, 28 Sep 1998 20:50:48 -0700 I've been meaning to jump in here before I take off for Philadelphia and
Bouchercon. First of all I want to congratulate Fred Zackel for being
short-listed for the Crime Writers Award. I read Down On Ponce maybe six
months ago and enjoyed it a great deal. It's a book that I'd recommend
highly to the readers of this forum. Heck, I'd even put it in front of

The discussion of Ellroy's ego suggests that he's a fellow I don't want to
meet. We've had a previous discussion about writers whom we no longer read.
There are a several sf writers whom I met in my days of sf convention going
who turned me right off by their egos and the resultant behavior. Ellroy
would no doubt do that to me. Quite frankly, since I've participated in
Rara there have been more than enough recommendations to keep me busy
reading for the rest of my life. To say nothing of the other sorts of books
I enjoy reading, some not remotely connected to hardboiled.

Finally, I chuckled right out loud at the juxtaposition of a message about
Ellroy and the next message about Bill Crider. I've known Bill for a lot of
years now and left hand over heart and right hand raised, there just is not
a nicer guy around. No, he doesn't write hardboiled, but I guarantee that
you'll enjoy his Dan Rhodes novels; yes, his other novels, too. He's one of
the reasons I go to Bouchercon.

I'll check in when I get back with any pertinent remarks concerning
hardboiled programming.

I'd like to comment on the Indian, Hispanic, gringo question voiced earlier
but I'll have to go back and read the book again before I jump in and say
something stupid. I know a lot of Indians and have some native blood. But
a glittering generality here isn't going to do much good. I'll get back to
you on this, but it may take a while.

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