RARA-AVIS: Parker's latest

From: George Upper ( gcupper3@yahoo.com)
Date: 15 Nov 2001

I received from UPS today Parker's latest (I think) novel, DEATH IN PARADISE (2001), the third in the Jesse Stone series. (The Jesse Stone books are the only Parkers I buy new anymore, nevermind hardcover.)

Anyway, I've read the first chapter. It's only three pages, so it didn't take long, even for me. It's one of the best opening chapters I've ever read. It's nice to see that Parker can still do it, when he cares to.

Does anyone else think that Parker might benefit from some short story writing? I keep thinking that if he were forced to concentrate on the essentials and trim the fat, he could really produce some good stuff.

I also received HOPE TO DIE (2001), the new Matt Scudder from Lawrence Block. I keep hearing good things about this one, and as Block is certainly one of my favorites, I hope it lives up to its reputation.


===== George C. Upper III, Editor The Lightning Bell Poetry Journal http://www.lightningbell.org/

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