RARA-AVIS: Halo in Blood

From: James ( james53@flash.net)
Date: 07 Jun 2001

I hadn't read any Howard Browne books, so I thought the logical place to start would be with the first Paul Pine book. Took me a little while to get into it. The style was so reminiscent of Chandler that at first it read almost like a parody. But I got over that and wound up enjoying the book. The plot is very complicated, which I like, and the action is pretty tough. Part of the solution at the end was something I didn't expect at all but made perfect sense. That always makes for a nice moment. A good humorous touch is how several characters are referred to as reading pulp magazines. Browne stops short of using actual titles, but I'm sure they were magazines he edited. I've heard so many good things about these books over the years that I was a little disappointed because I didn't think this one measured up to all the comments. Still, it was enjoyable enough that I'll probably read the others.


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