Re: RARA-AVIS: the black ice

From: M Blumenthal (
Date: 30 Sep 2001

George Upper:

> I'm glad I kept reading after Carrie's post, because
> my first instinct was to hit "reply" and say more or
> less what you just said. THE JUDAS GOAT, however, is
> the fifth Spenser book, not the third. I'm not sure
> that I would say it "made" the series, but I've said
> before that I consider books 4-6 the best of the
> series. Hawk first appears in book 4, THE PROMISED

George, You're right about the order. I just looked at my copy of the book which listed it third. I was quoting something I had read when I said it made the series, but I do think the action around the world, the idea of hunting people to get them dead or alive, and most important maybe, the addition of Hawk helped to distinguish it from many similar p. i. series. It's been a long time since I read the books, but I do remember in PROMISED LAND Hawk was Spenser's chief opponent. It's somewhat like Hammett writing another Sam Spaade novel in which Casper Gutman and Spade become allies. In the following three or four books Hawk takes an almost superhuman quality. I started getting disenchanted when Hawk didn't magically appear from nowhere at the last minute to save Spenser. Mark

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