RARA-AVIS: New & recommended

From: pabergin ( pabergin@gte.net)
Date: 22 Jul 2000

Just finished Stephen Hunter's HOT SPRINGS, a violent yarn set in 1946 Arkansas featuring a mix of real-life figures, fictional characters clearly drawn from history, and purely fictional characters. It seems like a clumsy mix, but the author pulls it off remarkably well.

Some of the action sequences wouldn't be out of place in DIME DETECTIVE, and the blend of rural setting and big city gangsterism reminded me a little of some of Merle Costiner's pulp work.

On the down side, the dialogue is occasionally distracting and there's some pro forma political correctness thrown in, but overall this is a very satisfying towntamer tale, and certainly HB enough to satisfy 'most anyone's criteria. PB

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