Re: RARA-AVIS: Dan J. Marlowe

Juri Nummelin (
Thu, 9 Dec 1999 11:19:05 +0200 (EET)

On Thu, 9 Dec 1999, Anders Engwall wrote:

> The two DJM's I have read, Operation Fireball and
> Operation Whiplash, are pretty terrible too. It seems
> one should skip the entire Operation <something>
> series and look for the other stuff.

The last one in the series - a kingdom for a name! my memory fails me - was a return to the non-spy stuff of the "The Name".

> Never Live Twice and One Endless Hour are in my
> To Be Read pile. Any opinions on these?

I just finished "Never Live Twice". It's a noirish book and not bad, but somehow Marlowe isn't home with this kind of stuff - there isn't much action and the flashbacks the protagonist has never get explained fully. Maybe the translation wasn't complete. (It's sometimes hard to evaluate these books, because you never know when the translation is abridged due to too much violence/sex or political reasons - anti-Soviet was a curse in Finland still in the eighties.)


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