Re: RARA-AVIS: RE:Stone For Danny Fisher

From: James Reasoner (
Date: 12 Jan 2001

----- Original Message ----- From: "Dick Lochte" <> To: <> Sent: Friday, January 12, 2001 5:00 PM Subject: RARA-AVIS: RE:Stone For Danny Fisher

> As far as I can remember, A Stone For Danny Fisher is about a young guy
> the wrong side of the tracks who gets involved in crime. A James T.
> Farrell-like, gritty street-corner study, very much unlike Robbins' later
> romans a clef (roman a clefs?). The Presley film was set in New Orleans,
> the book took place in New York, or maybe Chicago. Not much singing in the
> book either. In a long ago interview, Robbins told me it was his favorite
> novel. May also have been his first.
> Dick Lochte

It's certainly my favorite Harold Robbins novel, though I like The Dream Merchants, too, which is about the early days of the movie industry. I haven't read these books in years, but it seems to me they almost bordered on being hardboiled in places. (Yes, it's a stretch, I know. Maybe I should read them again just to see how much of one.)

Best, James

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