Re: Christmas presents or purchases (was Re: RARA-AVIS: Good

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Wed, 06 Jan 1999 21:53:44 -0500 Bill Denton:

<<Did anyone get any good books? I went to a nice used bookstore in
Manitoba and got three Henry Kane: _Trinity in Violence_, _Too French
and Too Deadly_, and _Armchair in Hell_ (all with Peter Chambers); and
five Richard S. Prathers: _Over Her Dead Body_, _Three's a Shroud_,
_Slab Happy_, _Always Leave 'Em Dying_ and _Take a Murder, Darling_ (all
with Shell Scott). I've never read anything by this Kane and I'm
looking forward to them.>>

Good stuff, all of it. For the reader that can abandon "serious"
sensibilities and let himself go, the Shell Scott's are great
entertainments and funny as hell, too. Henry Kane wrote a good mystery,
too; overall, he was a much more polished and ambitious writer than
Prather - I'm not saying better, just different. I hope you enjoy these

I did receive quite a few holiday presents in book form, the jewels
being two of the greatest collections of short stories I have ever read:
the complete stories of Bernard Malamud (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) and
the collected stories of Erskine Caldwell, the latter in a very handsome
tome published by the University of Georgia Press. If you haven't read
either of these authors, run to the nearest store and pounce on these
volumes. Caldwell had some definite affinity with the hardboiled writers
of the thirties. The Malamud collection had me mesmerized, reading for
days on end, to the slight detriment of my attention to the kids. I
claimed exhaustion from a long and busy year. I also got quite a few
mysteries that I hope I get to comment on as I read them.

Apologies for writing off topic, but books are books.


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