RARA-AVIS: Stranger in town

pabergin (pabergin@gte.net)
Fri, 12 Mar 1999 10:45:11 -0500 William Denton wrote
<<I'm a sucker for anything where a guy comes to town and stirs up trouble,
or anything where someone wakes up next to a dead body.>>

For any other list members who share the same new guy in town addiction and
would like to see a different take on it, may I recommend Bill Pronzini's A
Wasteland of Strangers. It's far more complex than such novels usually are
and is based less on preceeding crime fiction than on Edward Arlington
Robinson's Tilbury Town verse portraits, yet it remains, at least at its
most elementary level, a fair-play murder mystery. It's a stunning

The book was up for a Best Novel Edgar last year, but lost out to Cimarron
Rose. In my opinion, it was the biggest robbery since Jimmy Burke took down
Paul Bergin

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