RARA-AVIS: Re: Private Eyes. What else?

From: Kevin Burton Smith ( kvnsmith@colba.net)
Date: 02 Mar 2001

Just one point, Juri. While early Greenleaf (probably the ones you read) certainly echoed the work of Ross Macdonald), the series soon moved far beyond mere "imitation." Sort of the way Macdonald himself moved beyond the Chandler influence of his early work.

Oh, and as reported on another list by a friend of mine, crime-writer L.R. Wright, who won an Edgar for The Suspect, has died. She may not have been read by many on this list, since her work wasn't hard-boiled, but it was rarely ever soft, either. According to The Globe and Mail, before she died in hospital on Sunday after a long battle with breast cancers she provided her family with her own short obituary statement:

''She died, and the cancer died with her. It was a draw.''

Now that's hard. But then, most of her books, despite their cozyish trappings, had an edge to them, and refused to play nice. Canada and crime-writing have just lost a good one.

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