RARA-AVIS: Re: RARA-AVIS Digest V2 #603

Mon, 11 Jan 1999 00:17:30 EST << Ted White <tedwhite@compusnet.com>
Subject: RARA-AVIS: Mysteries & Porn

when Westlake had left SMLA... >>

Speaking of Westlake, what's the take on The Ax? I just finished it and
enjoyed it--its breeziness is unsettling. It is also dark and hard (its
protagonist a white-collar Lou Ford, perhaps), but doesn't feel particularly
so. I also found its simplicity (plot-wise) oddly compelling (or maybe it's
not so simple).

In other hard-boiled reading, I found Bart Spicer's _The Long Green_ a little
flat. A word of advice on other Carney Wilde books would be great. Arthur
Lyons' _The Killing Floor_ was pretty good I thought. Strong action, though
you didn't want to think too hard about the pieces (though Chandler had that
problem too, of course). Any recommendations about other Jacob Asch books?

Doug Levin
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