Re: RARA-AVIS: The Prey books

From: a.n.smith (
Date: 17 Apr 2000

> I stopped there for the exact
> same reason I never read a second Carol O'Connell, cited as the future
> of hardboiled in the GQ article a couple of years ago.

I read that same article and picked up C O'Connell books for the same reason, and while I haven't stopped reading them, I agree that there's something off about them, especially that comic book aspect. I probably would not have picked up that notion if the article's author had used another term, but it's hard to shake. I hear that O'Connell gets better, which gives me hope for the next ones I haven't read yet.

I bought a copy of JUDAS CHILD for my mom a couple of Christmases ago, and she finally got around to reading it. She told me it was one of the best crime books she's ever read. Of course, she's also a big Cornwell fan. That puts it in perspective, I guess.

Neil Smith

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