Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Never Street

Mario Taboada (
Fri, 10 Dec 1999 11:34:08 -0800 (PST)

Call me primitive and juvenile, but I enjoyed this Walker adventure. It's not Great Literature, but it's a solid P.I. novel.

As to Bill's question, it seems that Estleman takes great pains to make Walker a "Raceless" detective.

As to the future of the traditional hardboiled P.I. novel, it's uncertain at best. There are only so many was of recycling the cliché³® Some people keep it going respectably, fine writers like Greenleaf, Pronzini, Crumley, Block, and Michael Collins (Gores, too, but his novels are in a totally different vein). Yet, there is a feeling of having read it all before, though never in exactly the same formulation.


===== Mario Taboada

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