RARA-AVIS: GOD IS A BULLET

David Hale Smith (dhs@dhsliterary.com)
Sun, 28 Mar 1999 09:16:33 -0600 So the debate has begun about GOD IS A BULLET, by Boston Teran. Teran is my
client, and I sold the book to Knopf for him, so I'm obviously biased. But
I have to say I totally agree with Willard. When I read the book in
manuscript, I got a tingly feeling all over that said "this could be big."
Teran's got a terrific style, and he has created a dark thriller with a deep
soul. It is also a perfectly structured novel with some other pretty nifty
literary devices on display, but those don't get in the way of what Harlan
Coben calls "a kick-ass, tour de force."

It definitely merits discussion on this list. Frankly, I've been anxiously
waiting for its publication to see what you guys think. For more
information and a 3 chapter excerpt, go to: http://www.godisabullet.com
If you like what you see, I hope you'll go buy the book. The official
publication date is April 5, but it's in most beloved independent stores
now, the chain stores, too, and of course available via Amazon and B&N.com.

Pass it on...

Enjoy,
David

DHS Literary, Inc.
6060 N. Central, Suite 624
Dallas, TX  75206
214-363-4422, x100

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RARA-AVIS Digest Sunday, March 28 1999 Volume 02 : Number 689

In this issue:

RARA-AVIS: Afro crime
RARA-AVIS: Black crime writers
RARA-AVIS: God is a Bullet Release.
Re: RARA-AVIS: God is a Bullet Release.
Re: RARA-AVIS: God is a Bullet Release.

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Date: Sat, 27 Mar 99 17:59:43 PST
From: "Bengt Eriksson / Media I Morron I Dag" <bengt.media@home.se>
Subject: RARA-AVIS: Afro crime

Hello again.

I´m still looking for informations about afro-crime
writing - for the moment:

I seem to remember someone sometime telling
me about one or possibly two African - black that
is - crime writer/s.

I can´t remember his/her/their name/s.

Anyone who knows?

Thanks before for any help.

Bengt Eriksson / Media I Morron I Dag
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270 33 Vollsj> Sverige / Sweden
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Date: Sat, 27 Mar 1999 15:24:32 -0600
From: TAllen <tallen@cwix.com>
Subject: RARA-AVIS: Black crime writers

Bengt Eriksson / Media I Morron I Dag wanted info on black crime writers.

Walter Mosley wrote Devil in a Blue Dress, Black Betty, and several others
with colors in the titles.

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Date: Sat, 27 Mar 1999 21:09:03 -0500
From: Fred Willard <fwillard@bellsouth.net>
Subject: RARA-AVIS: God is a Bullet Release.

A few months ago I wrote on the list about a great manuscript I had read
for comment. It's has now been released.

The books is _God is a Bullet_ by Boston Teran.

I don't have any connection with Teran, his publisher, agent, his dog or
anything else, so this post is primarily a service to people on the list.
(Although, I gave the book a rave response, turned Bill Diehl onto it, he
went crazy over it and started calling his friends, they called their
friends, and the buzz is still building.)

My suggestion is that you buy this book immediatly, read it, and be
prepared to have it knock you on your rear end, It's an outstanding hard
boiled read.

Trust me on this. It's an incredible novel and has the best hard boiled
female character I've ever read. Teran writes with a blow torch.

Fred Willard

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Date: Sat, 27 Mar 1999 22:40:57 EST
From: SYNEFROG@aol.com
Subject: Re: RARA-AVIS: God is a Bullet Release.

merci for the extatic info...your enthousisam and the style in which you
propulsed it make us wanna read and roam...
merci, it's rare to feel that
i'll get it tomorrow

steve novak
(a frenchman in michigan workin' in the film biz all around the country and
carrying his 'polars' with him)
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Date: Sat, 27 Mar 1999 22:43:13 PST
From: "Jacques Oppinger" <joppinger@hotmail.com>
Subject: Re: RARA-AVIS: God is a Bullet Release.

Fred Willard wrote:

>A few months ago I wrote on the list about a great manuscript I had
read
>for comment. It's has now been released.
>
>The books is _God is a Bullet_ by Boston Teran.
>
>I don't have any connection with Teran, his publisher, agent, his dog
or
>anything else, so this post is primarily a service to people on the
list.
>(Although, I gave the book a rave response, turned Bill Diehl onto it,
he
>went crazy over it and started calling his friends, they called their
>friends, and the buzz is still building.)
>
>My suggestion is that you buy this book immediatly, read it, and be
>prepared to have it knock you on your rear end, It's an outstanding
hard
>boiled read.
>
>Trust me on this. It's an incredible novel and has the best hard boiled
>female character I've ever read. Teran writes with a blow torch.
>
>Fred Willard

A dissenting opinion here.

I had kept Mr. Willard's raves in mind for the last few weeks and was
excited when a colleague (fellow book store manager) recieved an advance
copy at her store and, having remembered my interest in it, rushed it
over to me.

OK, so I didn't hate it, but it surely didn't blow me away. Great use of
setting. You could almost feel the dust of the California (Mexicali)
desert kicking up as you turned the pages. The unflinching graphic stuff
is certainly there. The "villian" struck me as cartoonish. The female
hard-boiled charater mentioned above is recovering-junkie-ex-cult-member
whose speech appears to be restricted to metaphor. The writing in
general is quite good and he certainly manages to turn the nifty phrase
here and there (never stops trying at least), but after 300+ pages Mr.
Teran's particular brand of word-play became ponderous for me, to say
the least. He's blurbed like the second coming but falls a little short
of the buzz, imo.

I'm mostly a lurker and not much of a critic (obvious, that). Mr.
Willard's the pro around here but that's my two cents.

If you want to purchase it because you feel strongly about that sort of
thing, go for it. But I've got a copy I'd be willing to part with.

Jacques Oppinger
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