RARA-AVIS: List recommendations you've liked

From: Paul Hartshorne ( paul@day1.demon.co.uk)
Date: 18 May 2000


I've been a list member, mainly lurking, for about six months and prior to joining, I'd already read at least one work by most of the authors mentioned.

However, having read Kevin Burton Smith's postings to r-a for the last few months, I realised that we have similar tastes in hb novels, so when he recommended THE CONCRETE RIVER by John Shannon last month I decided to take a gamble and added it to an order for books from Amazon (it hasn't been published in the UK yet). I was very glad I did.

Although on the surface Jack Liffey seems reminiscent of Block's Matt Scudder; an honourable, unlicenced, middle-aged, divorced, recovering alcoholic P.I., it's the sense of absurdity and the bizarre that intrigues in this book. You never know what'll happen next, whether it's a backhoe tumbling from a hillside into the roof of someone's garage or meeting a circus dwarf and a living skeleton in a bar.

I've already decided to order THE CRACKED EARTH, Shannon's second Jack Liffey book.

- Paul

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