Re: RARA-AVIS: Chinaman's Chance

From: Mark Blumenthal (
Date: 12 Aug 2000

From: "Doug Bassett:

Ah, if you don't like these sort of complicated con jobs you probably won't like much of Thomas, the bulk of whose work is filled with such things. I like Thomas *alot* -- partly because his characters are terrifically engaging, partly because I've always thought that this is a rather truthful portrayal of how power is exercised in the world.
I read my first Thomas because I saw a review of one his books that really praised it but included the caveat, 'if you like his type of book.' I think that's true. A Thomas' book has some involved scheme at its heart. It usually has more than one main character with many others.. Even the minor cones are well developed.You will leern a lot about someone, maybe thinking he is going to be important, only to never encounter him again. If we're keeping track of these things, if you like Westlake, you'll like Thomas. If you just want straight action you won't like Thomas. Mark

-- # To unsubscribe from the regular list, say "unsubscribe rara-avis" to # This will not work for the digest version. # The web pages for the list are at .

This archive was generated by hypermail 2b29 : 12 Aug 2000 EDT