Re: RARA-AVIS: Old School Books (was "The Jones Men")

From: Ron Clinton (
Date: 01 Jun 2000

> I recently read THE JONES MEN by Vern E. Smith that was republished by
> Norton's "Old School Books" series in 1998

While I can't lay claim to having read the O.S.B. series, I thought without a question the finest book from this series was Charles Perry's PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG MAN DROWNING. Poignant, frightening, fast-paced - and yes, even hardboiled - made this terrific character study simply outstanding.

And like THE JONES MEN, this was - due to tragic circumstances - Perry's only novel. A shame.

Ron Clinton

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