In a message dated 9/28/01 1:11:42 AM,
<< BE COOL Leonard's sequel to GET SHORTY. Instead of
movies it's about popular. About halfway through it seems to
lose its way. I think Leonard easily could have cut a third
of it especially the parts including Aerosmith.
It's a stand alone and as much a thriller as hard boiled. It seems like cross of SILENCE OF THE LAMBS and one of Michael Connelly's Bosch novels. I liked it, but it almost seems seems to have been written so it could easily be translated into a movie.
BLACK ICE Michael Connely's second Bosch nove >>
I remember BE COOL to be very light in terms of plot. Leonard
says he makes his stories up as he goes along and I think he
ran out of gas a long time ago. If you lost a third of the
book, you'd have a pamphlet.
I don't think Crais intentionally writes to sell to the
movies, otherwise he would have sold the rights to Elvis Cole
a long time ago. Instead, he learned to write in the TV
business and that particular craft informs his style.
I can't say enough good things about Michael Connelly. He
more than anyone captures Chandler's melancholy and his sense
of Los Angeles seems identical to me. And for the most part,
his plotting is outstanding. His first three Harry Bosch
stories should be required reading for anyone interested in
mysteries, Los Angeles or just good storytelling.
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