Re: RARA-AVIS: one rankin, and pattison...

From: Michael Robison (
Date: 28 Dec 2001

hi stewart,

rankin as the scottish ellroy, eh? well i've read most of ellroy and i think he's pretty good. i read the recent thread that had some criticism of his style. my only complaint about his books was when they turned terribly, terribly complex, with a half-dozen subplots and a hundred characters.

glad to hear that _the black book_ is a good one.

*************************************************** stewart said:

> I started reading Rankin well after THE BLACK BOOK had been published, but
> did read the series from the first book. I remember thinking that Rankin
> was good, but I couldn't see what the fuss was about. I recall hearing
Ellroy had
> called Rankin the 'Scottish Ellroy', and until I got to THE BLACK BOOK, I
had no
> idea why. THE BLACK BOOK marks a huge change in Rankin's ability to
juggle plot
> and pacing. I enjoyed the books leading up to it, but it wasn't until
that book
> that I bothered recommended the series to a friend (with the caveat that
he would get
> payback starting with THE BLACK BOOK).
> If you aren't going to start at the beginning, THE BLACK BOOK is a good
> I've got THE SKULL MANTRA on my shelf. Sounds like it's time to dust it
> --Stewart
> --

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