RARA-AVIS: Re: career and peak

From: Gerald So ( gso@optonline.net)
Date: 19 Nov 2001


I was speaking in terms of quality-divided-by-output. Parker wrote more books at a faster pace, with each plot up to VALEDICTION developing Spenser as a character and telling his larger story. By CATSKILL, Parker ran out of real story (namely his commitment to and separation from his wife) and crossed into superhero thriller territory (Spenser's literal rescue of Susan from her overprotective lover). IMO, Chandler ran out of story with THE LITTLE SISTER and PLAYBACK.

I could also say that Parker surpasses Chandler in writing a more accessible, better-rounded character, but I think better rounded characters are a function of time.


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