Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: RARA-AVIS Defending Archer

From: Mark Sullivan (
Date: 29 Aug 2001

"I suggest reading The Chill. If you don't like that one, you probably won't like *any* of Macdonald's late-period novels. I think it's his best book."

I'm with Mario on this. As Greil Marcus once wrote (in his Rolling Stone review of Last Good Kiss, which turned me on to Crumley; thank you very much, Greil), the fog is a character in The Chill.

As for The Name is Archer: When I first read it years ago, I was about a quarter to a third of the way through it when I started wondering why none of the chapters seemed to connect to each other. I kept wondering why Macdonald hadn't at least started to draw the various plotlines together.

Then I looked at it again and went, Duh! It's short stories. They're good, but his novels are better.


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