Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: John D. MacDonald

From: Juri Nummelin (
Date: 03 Apr 2001

On Mon, 2 Apr 2001, Kevin Burton Smith wrote:

> But in the hands of a good writer, dialogue can, and should, deliver
> plot, atmosphere, the relations between characters, et cetera.

I know what you mean. I meant that the dialogue shouldn't contain sermons. Well, okay, I can stand them in Michael Collins's Dan Fortune books. Maybe it's just that I don't like MacDonald's political views. But they are a different point altogether.

I just remembered that I had hard time even with MacDonald's pulp and digest stories, from "Good Old Stuff". Park Falkner, the precursor of McGee, was especially irritating.

> Stop the Saskatchewan Seal Hunt!

Now, what's this? Not very hardboiled, I presume, so Bill Denton shoots us if we are going to discuss this in public.


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