RARA-AVIS: Garden of Sand

From: M Blumenthal ( blumenidiot@21stcentury.net)
Date: 07 Jan 2002


> OT: not a detective novel, but i wanted to mention
> one of the best books i've ever read. its sort of an
> obscure title, _a garden of sand_, by earl thompson.
> its about a boy coming of age during the depression.
> a host of nasty characters, and some pretty shocking
> scenes.

Miker, There are hard boiled books that don't have detectives, such as most of Willeford or Jim Thompson works. IMO, the late Earl Thompson's Garden of Sand is, or comes pretty close. In case you didn't know, his Tattoo is a direct sequel. I don't think it has the drive of the earlier book, but you should love it. In his next book, The Devil to Pay, Jack Wild's name has been changed to Jarl Carlson, but it is clearly the same character. Thompson also wrote Caldo Largo which not as not as clearly based on the author's life. Mark

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