Re: RARA-AVIS: William O'Farrell

From: Etienne Borgers (
Date: 10 Mar 2001

--- Jim Beaver <> wrote:
> Anyone know anything about William O'Farrell? I
> picked up his "Thin Edge of
> Violence." Wondering if it's worth the read. I
> don't know O'Farrell or his
> work.

Definitely! One of his best novels...

O'Farrel is one of these good authors from the "second level" in the hierarchy of value (and this is not pejorative!)for HB/Noir. Another very good read amongst the fifteen or so novels he produced is his first one: REPEAT PERFORMANCE (1942).
 2 or 3 of his novels were under the pseudonym of: William Grew.

He produced quite a lot of short stories, but I do not remember to have read some- one of which won an Edgar. O'Farrel died in 1962.

E.Borgers Hard-Boiled Mysteries

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