Re: RARA-AVIS: i've been listening

From: Mark Sullivan (
Date: 18 Apr 2001

Neil wrote:

"James Crumley wrote these fantastic detective novels: The Wrong Case, Dancing Bear, The Last Good Kiss, The Mexican Tree Duck (okay, it was sketchy but good), and Bordersnakes. He sticks his loners in the American West and lets them drink infinite amounts of alcohol."

Don't forget the drugs.

"Weirdness all over the place. He's a national treasure."

In my mind, The Last Good Kiss is the best post-Vietnam private eye novel, period. Dancing Bear is nearly as good. Wrong Case is one of the most depressing books I've ever read, makes Lew Archer at his gloomiest seem cheery. Mexican Tree Duck and Bordersnakes were nice visits with old friends, but I didn't think they were nearly as good as the earlier books.


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