Re: RARA-AVIS: Bolitar series/Maltese Falcon similiarities?

From: Anthony Dauer (
Date: 25 May 2000

Coben is definetly not one for orginality ... I read the first of the series as part of a reading group and met him during the discussion as well ... the all-powerful covert buddy who takes care of the muscle stuff is just too much and way too unoriginal ... the Yahoo far too comical for a serious work. Not a bad read, but more mind candy than anything else ... file it under when everything else has been read and you're not interesting in rereading one of the classics then pull out a Bolitar ... I'm surprised that it has lasted as a series this long. wrote:

> I don't think "original ideas" were ever part of the plan with the
> Bolitar series. Every writer begins with big debts to those who have come
> before, but Coben is pretty shameless. The main characters are out of
> Hammett and others through Parker and Crais. The plots are yawningly
> transparent and familiar. Using sports as a venue for detecting was the least
> aged chestnut in the basket, but even that is far from original. For my
> money, it's writing by the numbers.

volente Deo,

Anthony Dauer Alexandria, Virginia
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