Re: RARA-AVIS: answers to big question

From: Stewart Wilson (
Date: 31 Dec 2001

"Forstater, Mathew" wrote:
> I picked up the first Richard Stark, liked it a lot, and just went and
> picked up the second. i imagine I will breeze through the series.

Sadly, Mysterious Press is reprinting slowly. It also seems that the later books in the series (before the 1974-1996 hiatus) are very hard to find -- it took me a couple years to track down PLUNDER SQUAD and BUTCHERS MOON at reasonable prices. I also noted that all copies of PLUNDER SQUAD and all but one BUTCHERS MOON were 'lost' from my local library system
(for a city with a population of 2.5 million). The copy of BUTCHERS still in the system is in the reference library, and hence not available for loan. I am sure these losses have nothing to do with the fact that ex-libris copies of those books (even reprints) fetch around $75 US on ebay. In any case, Mysterious, having just put out THE SCORE in their current reprint series, is still eleven books away from getting to BUTCHERS MOON, which is arguably the best book.


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