Re: RARA-AVIS: Dennis Lehane

From: a.n.smith (
Date: 01 Mar 2000

> Ah, well. It shouldn't be any surprise to anyone on
> this list that hb books today are too long. G,B,G
> isn't a perfect book, but it's worth a look, and I
> certainly recommend it. I'll be checking out other
> Lehane books.

It might well be close to perfect, though, and it's my favorite of the series. I've read them in order, and I think it's great work, with characters we can get emotionally invested in. They grow and change, so this isn't your standard "PI works the case and that's that."

Not that they're too long, as I think they're just right, but I have to agree with the comment on the ending, as I see this sort of thing in all the books, this "dancing fast til the music ends" sort of summary or epilogue. The only blemish. And that's okay: if there's one problem, fine. It's accumulating writing problems that get me down.

Neil Smith

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