Re: RARA-AVIS: Early Westlake
Wed, 13 Jan 1999 08:42:34 -0500 People have been saying good things on the list about THE AX. Obviously,
there's a big contingent of Westlake fans on this list. However, how are
its sales out in the bookselling world? Are fans of Westlake's Dortmunder
books buying it?

Westlake is a Name in mystery circles. I wonder if the average
bookstore-browsing reader recognizes Westlake's name if you were to mention
it. In my opinion, he or she should (if they regularly graze through the
New Fiction or New Mysteries sections) because Westlake usually has a
recent release on the New shelves. But as a former bookstore employee, I
also know that most readers only look for what they're already familiar
with, so many of 'em would skip over Westlake's new book if they hadn't
read one before.

That's a kind of rambling preamble to the thought that prompted this post.
Actually, what I really want to hear your opinions about was this -- is
there a mass audience for new hardboiled novels? True, people like Vacchs
and Mad Dog Elroy sell lots of copies; but there are lots of crime books by
lesser-known writers out there, many of them being overlooked. Whadda ya
think? -- Duane

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