Re: RARA-AVIS: Back to the Beginning

From: Mario Taboada (
Date: 19 Nov 2001

<<Of course, we don't know if Chandler would've stopped given a choice.>>

Let's go into the short story. If Chandler had written nothing but his short stories, he would still be among the greatest hardboiled writers. In fact, the stories collected in Killer in the Rain would qualify him as a great writer, without any reservations. There's magic there, hardboiled magic, and a level of writing that hasn't been surpassed in hardboiled fiction. He's endlessly rereadable (at least to me).

Robert Parker is a fine writer who has written several exciting PI books, but I wouldn't say he's as good as Chandler. On the other hand, I'm not sure this is a point arguing about. Parker has lots of fans, who buy his books. I assume they like them. We shouldn't blame him for what he isn't, though we can certainly criticize him when he doesn't deliver.



"Don't just do something, sit there!" Thich Nhat Hanh

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