RARA-AVIS: Westlake's earlies

From: Juri Nummelin ( jurnum@utu.fi)
Date: 15 Aug 2001

On Mon, 13 Aug 2001, Mark Sullivan wrote:

> I also liked his early books, The Mercenaries and Killing Time (which
> owes more than a little to Hammett's Red Harvest).

"The Mercenaries" is a great book, one of the rare hardboiled mysteries where you really are interested in the mystery itself. Reading Chandler I really don't care who murdered who, but in "The Mercenaries", it's different. And yet, hardboiled through and through. (Am I using the right proverb?)


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