Re: RARA-AVIS: Spenser....

From: Doug Bassett (
Date: 13 Dec 2000

Actually, I agree with this. My feelings about Parker's books are very mixed -- I'm in no way a fan, in other words -- but to give the devil his due, Spenser is a pretty original spin on the PI character. Most of the crummy detective series from the Eighties
(I'm think Max Byrd's and Jeremiah Healy's, in particular) aren't Chandler knockoffs so much as they're Parker knockoffs.

--- Kevin Burton Smith <> wrote:
> Didn't you guys read what I said?
> If you want to really look at empty mimickry, look
> at all the Spenser
> clones that have popped up in the last twenty or so
> years. Some of
> those series have been running on second-hand fumes
> for years now,
> with nary a glimpse of originality in sight.

===== Doug Bassett

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