Re: RARA-AVIS: Recent purchases

From: Doug Bassett (
Date: 01 Oct 2000

--- William Denton <> wrote:
> The book sale season has hit the colleges at the
> University of
> Toronto, and I was at two this week. I didn't see
> much hardboiled in
> with the mysteries, and no stacks of Gold Medals,
> but I found some
> good stuff:

> - COCAINE AND BLUE EYES, by fellow bird Fred Zackel.
> I read
> Mr. Zackel's remembrance of Ross Macdonald a few
> days ago, and
> discovered that he'd written this (which I only knew
> as an
> O.J. Simpson movie I'd never seen). This afternoon
> I saw it between a
> Ngaio Marsh book and one of those serial killer
> bestsellers. The
> Boston Globe said, "A fresh new writer in the Ross
> MacDonald
> tradition!" Ross MacDonald said, "Powerful ... I
> recommend it with
> pleasure!" Time said, "A spectrum of sex, aging
> flower children,
> Mafia money, houseboat life in Sausalito, booze,
> barbituates,
> bitterness, incest and greed ... as nerve-rattling
> as a full-throttle
> auto chase!"

This is truly a marvelous book. Stumbled across it myself some time ago. One of the best pi novels of the Seventies.


===== Doug Bassett

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