Re: RARA-AVIS: Ross Thomas

From: Doug Bassett (
Date: 27 Jul 2001

--- K Montin <> wrote:
> I agree with your recommendation, Mario. I love Ross
> Thomas, even if the
> plots or motivations sometimes get a little beyond
> me in their complexity.
> In a moment of folly some years ago, I seem to have
> sold three or four
> books of his books that I had. The search is on to
> buy them again--or else
> open every box in the basement.

Thomas is one of my favorite writers in the genre -- I've read most (not quite all) of what's he written, and he's never disappointed me. I always get the feeling, reading him, that this was a guy who *knew* how the world worked. I always feel just a bit smarter, afterwards.

Everything he did is worth a look, but I particularly like THE FOOLS IN TOWN ARE ON OUR SIDE, THE PORKCHOPPERS, CHINAMAN'S CHANCE, and THE BRASS GO-BETWEEN. Thomas is also that great rarity, a writer whose books didn't go downhill as he aged. TWILIGHT AT MAC'S PLACE and VOODOO LTD. are both quite fine.


===== Doug Bassett

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