Re: RARA-AVIS: serial killers
23 Jun 99 08:45:00 -0400

Re Mark's post: Sender: Precedence: bulk Reply-To:

" . . . I guess what I'm saying is, serial killer books are merely cozies dipped in blood."

If you're talking about Agatha Christie's *The ABC Murders*, Ellery Queen's *Cat of Many Tails*, or Patrick MacDonald's *Murder Gone Mad*, you may have point. But if you're talking about Benjamin Schutz's
*Embrace the Wolf*, Frederic Brown's *The Lenient Beast*, or Max Allan Collin's *Butcher's Dozen* you're dead wrong.

Whether or not a serial killer book is or is not hardboiled depends on the treatment the author gives the story. If the treatment is tough and colloquial it's hardboiled. If it isn't, it's not. Simple as that. Don't over-analyze so much! - Jim Doherty

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