Re: RARA-AVIS: RE: Parker criticism

From: Mark Sullivan (
Date: 11 Nov 2001

I stopped reading Parker over a decade ago. However, last year I read Perish Twice in preparation for writing a "things to do this week" blurb for a local booksigning of his. It has not led me to read any more of his books, but I was reminded of just how readable Parker is. The man's got flow.

Although I no longer read him, I generally don't join in criticizing him. I respect the man's major contribution to the genre. As Dick noted, the man kept it going during a pretty bleak time for PI fiction, and he did it with style. Plus I recognize he set the standards for much of the PI fiction I like and do still read. He wrote the rules for the contemporary PI genre. And, as Dick also noted, his splitting the PI into two persons, one honorable, one psycho, was absolutely brilliant.


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