Re: RARA-AVIS: philadelphia

From: M Blumenthal (
Date: 08 Feb 2002

Joy Matkowski:

> I read one book in this series because so many people talk it up, but I
> put off by the psychotic buddie that helped the protagonist by beating up
> the problem. Sort of more violent than the typical story line I object to
> Parker, but without the whiff of racism (and no Susan! and no gourmet
> cooking!).

Joy, Maybe before you get into this list you should know that many list members don't think the the Spenser series has been hard boiled for many years. Even his few supporters agree that that only the first seven, at most, were really good but share your criticism

I think Coben's Win was modeled on Crais' Pike who probably is a variation on Hawk. Not in the direct line is Lehane's Bubba who is as psychotic. We discussed all this in November mainly under the thread titled, 'psycho sidekick's, You could find that in the archives if you would like Mark .

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