Re: RARA-AVIS: Where to start, where to start?

Date: 04 Jan 2000

Well, thanks to all of you and your lists, I have just returned from the library with five books from authors new to me. Admittedly, I am a newbie to this subgenre of mysteries, so you will probably be appalled that I haven't read any of these authors. The library was hiding most of them in the Fiction section rather than the Mystery section, which is where I usually patrol.

I'm excited about the possibility of expanding my list of authors I look for regularly, and hope one at least of these will be added: John Harvey
(Cutting Edge); Joseph Hansen (The Boy Who Was Buried This Morning); Neil Albert (February Trouble); Daniel Woodrell (Tomato Red); and Charles Willeford (The Shark-Infested Custard). I also picked up a copy of Hammett's Red Harvest to re-read.

Now, the problem: which one do I read first? I'm leaning toward the Willeford just on the strength of the title and the favorable comments here.


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