Re: RARA-AVIS: Date: Wed, 17 Jan 2001 10:35:54 -0500

From: William Denton (
Date: 17 Jan 2001

On 17 January 2001, George Pelecanos wrote:

: Bill's astute comment about the "astounding explosion of violence" in
: THE WAY WE DIE NOW brings to mind the grocery store robbery in

That's another excellent, and shocking, passage. Troy Louden, who's made it perfectly clear he's a criminal psychopath, is nevertheless friendly
(in an odd way) and solicitous about the others. He arranges the hold-up and makes sure everyone knows what to do, where to go, and they all think he wants to make it as easy on them as possible, with no violence. Then, as soon as it begins, he starts killing with sawed-off shotgun and the reader realizes he was conned by the sweet-talk, just like the others.


William Denton : Toronto, Canada : : Caveat lector.

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