Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Non-series (was April Evil)

Bob Toomey (
Wed, 08 Dec 1999 22:44:57 -0500

Juri Nummelin wrote:

> On Tue, 7 Dec 1999, Bob Toomey wrote:
> > STRONGARM is also very good. THE NAME OF THE GAME IS DEATH, the first
> > book in the Drake series, is a mean little classic in its own right. In
> > fact, I doubt Marlowe intended it to be a series, given the ending.
> I read somewhere that it was Fawcett who forced Marlowe to revive Drake
> and make him something like a international spy. And the books Marlowe
> wrote according to this scheme aren't anything close to "The Name of the
> Game".

You've got that right. I'd rate "The Name" his best book, and put it high on the list of great hardboiled crime novels.


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