RARA-AVIS: Recent read

From: billha@ionet.net
Date: 21 Sep 2000

For those not entirely turned off by crime writing set in previous periods of history, I recommend Owen Parry's Faded Coat of Blue. Set in Washington, D.C. during the Civil War, the view of DCs seamy side has noir aspects, based apparently on thorough research. The protagonist is a former professional soldier who served in India and tries to maintain a quietist Christian perspective--all of which is to say that he, while believeable for someone of that time, is soft-boiled in his outlook. But Parry manages to get inside the head of his officer and tell a good story in a language that seems true to the character.

Bill Hagen billha@ionet.net

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