RARA-AVIS: Re: career and peak

From: Kevin Burton Smith ( kvnsmith@thrillingdetective.com)
Date: 19 Nov 2001

Mark wrote:

>I seem to remember reading that Loren
>Estlemen once made a rule (which he has since broken with Amos Walker)
>never to write more than seven books in a series. Are there any series
>that go much beyond that number that did/do not show severe dropoff?

Joseph Hansen's Brandstetter books, Stephen Greenleaf's Marsh Tanner, JDM's Travis McGee, Dewey's Mac series, Pronzini's Nameless... and where are we with Lansdale's Hap and Leonard now? They all went beyond six or seven. Sure, there are better books within each series, but overall, I think the quality held up. The problem, as I see it with Spenser, and with Gardner's A.A. Fair books, is that there were just so many that even the good books start to run into each other, and after a while, the characters don't grow very much. But generally, if you like one, you'll like them all...


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