Re: RARA-AVIS: when the sacred gin mill closes

From: Michael Robison (
Date: 09 Dec 2001

well i had a question about the scudder series, but i think you answered it here. my question was where did the _sacred ginmill_ come in the scudder series, and according to your letter, it looks like it was at the end.


****************** jim said:

> If you liked this book, you should check out the short
> story from which it derived, "By the Dawn's Early
> Light."
> It was written, at the behest of Robert J. Randisi,
> for the first PWA anthology, THE EYES HAVE IT. Block,
> who thought he'd more or less brought the Scudder
> series to a conclusion with EIGHT MILLION WAYS TO DIE,
> was reluctant to do the story, but finally decided to
> set it before the events chronicled in EIGHT MILLION.
> The story went on to win both the Edgar and the Shamus
> in the short story category, and Block decided to
> expand it into a novel, which, in turn, inspired him
> to go ahead and continue the series.
> personally preferred the short story version. I'd be
> interested in your response, since you read the novel
> first.

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