RARA-AVIS: Martin Cruz Smith

Reed Andrus (randrus@home.com)
Sun, 02 May 1999 05:52:05 -0700 > From: Bill Crider <abc@wt.net>
> Subject: Re: RARA-AVIS: Martin Cruz Smith
> I've just bought Smith's ROSE but haven't read it. If you like Smith I
> highly recommend his "Inquisitor" series of paperback originals written
> under the name of Simon Quinn. About a sort of James Bond for the Vatican
> and hardboiled enough for a mention here. Smith also wrote a couple of
> books in the Nick Carter series, but I don't have the titles at hand. And
> the "Gypsy" series is pretty good, too.
> Bill Crider

There are only two Gypsy books, are there not? GYPSY IN AMBER and CANTO
FOR A GYPSY? These were fine stories. I've always wondered why Smith
didn't write more about Roman Grey. He seems to be taken with Arkady

The fourth Renko novel, HAVANA BAY, just showed up in the bookstores. It
will be on my bookshelf soon.

But I second Mari's opinion of ROSE, a noir historical is there can be
such a thing (okay, Caleb Carr, perhaps), and maybe the best writing
Smith has ever done. ROSE has shown up on remainder stacks at the local
B&N, and I've bought several copies for gifts. I highly recommend the
novel. You'll think twice about making disparaging comments about

Best regards,

... Reed
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