Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Recycling

From: Mario Taboada (
Date: 11 Jul 2001

<I think it gives us insight into a writer's craft (same reason people want to study an author'svarious drafts or editions). This is especially true of the stories in Chandler's Killer In the Rain anthology. It's very interesting to see how those plots became subplots in his later novels.>>

The novels are very good, but the original stories are jewels, some of the greatest hardboiled fiction ever written. It's a shame that _Killer in the Rain_ is not kept in print continuously. It was my introduction to Chandler and is still my favorite book by him.

Somebody was speaking of Woolrich and his late work; his incomplete novel, finished brilliantly by Lawrence Block, is close to a masterpiece. I don't think he had lost his powers.




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