RARA-AVIS: Blurbs that kill

MT (matrxtech@sprintmail.com)
Wed, 13 Jan 1999 22:31:35 -0500 One of the harboiled books that I received for Christmas is _The Big
Blowdown_ by George Pelecanos. I still haven't read it but feel
compelled to comment on the cover blurb by Harlan Ellison:

"One of those writers whose books I would never miss."

Since I am interested in the Blurb as a literary (or at least
subliterary) genre, I wonder if raravians have encountered similar
unintentionally sabotaging blurbs in harboiled fiction.

By the way, has anyone read this book? My copy came in the mail with an
unsigned card from New York City and I still don't know who sent it. If
it was someone in this list, thanks!


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