RE: RARA-AVIS: Re: career and peak

From: Chris Routledge (
Date: 20 Nov 2001

I'm going to make a special case for Chandler. If you look at him not just as a series writer but a modernist writer as well then you can join all the books together to form a book of Joycean magnitude. I think things look different then. _Playback_, the worst book (IMHO) is just a brief dip in quality in what is otherwise a masterpiece of internal characterization. Chandler's vision of Marlowe is, I think, as a Leopold Bloom of private detection and LA. I don't think you can say that of Spenser, or Scudder.

Cheers Chris

P.S. Marianne: you're not the only Brit here.

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