Re: RARA-AVIS: Big Question

From: Joe Dante (
Date: 20 Dec 2001

At 12/19/01 12:00 PM, Forstater, Mathew wrote:
>I've also read lots of contemporary stuff, though for some reason I have a
>resistance to series

Well my vote would be for Vachss, but from what I've seen you either love him or hate him. Since you state an aversion to series, I'd say try his stand-alone, "Shella." About as hard and cold as it gets in my humble opinion.

You could also try some of his short fiction ... he's published two collections. Several of the stories are posted at his website, so you can
"try before you buy" if you like: <>

>Not to mention the Lansdales, Hiassens,

Lansdale's "Cold in July" might be to your liking. A stand alone with a very hard-boiled via Texas feel to it. And some great characters. And "The Bottoms," just a damn fine read.

I think Hiassen is great, although I like some of his earlier stuff better than the latest. "Tourist Season" is a good starting point, although "Lucky You" may be my all time favorite to date.

Joe D.

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