Re: RARA-AVIS: Macdonald fav's

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Thu, 11 Mar 1999 22:11:38 -0500 Brad Cox:

<<With all this talk about Ross Macdonald, I've heard very little about
the specific books. Any suggestions as to his best?>>

My favorites are _The Chill_, _The Far Side of the Dollar_,_The
Underground Man_, and his early (1947) non-mystery _Blue City_, which
strongly reminds me of Norman Mailer's great early novels. The only
novel of his that I find weak is _The Blue Hammer_. Chances are that, if
you like one book of his, you will like them all.

I wonder what sort of a writer Millar would have turned out to be if,
instead of falling under Chandler's spell, he had followed Mailer and
other cutting-edge realist writers outside of the mystery genre.


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