Re: RARA-AVIS: Sensitive detectives

cooper (
Sat, 27 Nov 1999 18:54:03 -0000

Hi everyone, I've been a bit quiet recently, to be quite honest, I'd got a little bored with some of the lines of discussion, the ins and outs of lots of authors I'd not read and to be honest, wasn't too bothered about, but that's just my opinion. The list is to be all things to all people after all, but I've been really interested in this current line, the evolution and growth of the HB genre. I missed a lot of discussion of Vachss, but he was one of the first new wave HB writers I read, and his work came as a real shock to the system, but, yes, after the shock wears off, he is a bit of a one trick pony(talking Burke here) I'm not saying the issues he raises aren't important, but probably the books just end up being issue led (with the "Doc Savage" stuff chucked in.) Like a lot of writers who write series books I think he could benefit from taking a step back and saying where can it go from here, and letting a realistic life evolve for his characters(no, not letting Burke go suburban and soft, the picture just flashed of him scaring the shit out of PTA meetings and walking Pansy{was it Pansy, who cares} in the park) but I think the model shown by Pelcanos is one many could study. I'm glad that the Brit contingent got a mention, we may not be up to the US classics(cheers Juri) but I think a run for ones money is given. By the way on the subject of lists, I hate to say it and I'm sure I'll get a slap for it, but it is such a guy thing, my husband is a copious lister, but I've yet to meet a female one. (I'm sure he'll do my list for him if I ask, as well as his end of year music, book, game and film lists) but yeah, everyone else is doing one, why shouldn't we? Jane

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