Re: RARA-AVIS: The Executioner

From: Scott Owen (
Date: 13 Feb 2002

>From: Ray Skirsky <>
>These '70s men's action series are something I collect and read, though not
>for good literature, just for grins.

Tha's the right attitude--and there are grins aplenty in the genre!

>>It's hard to believe that any writing could be worse than the Death
>Merchant. I read the first two as a teen, and on eBay recently got
>the first 70 in a lot really cheap. The first was okay, the second not as
>good, but they soon degenerated into writing so bad that it
>can be wonderful, in small doses. I think Bill Pronzini used quite a few
>Death Merchant excerpts in his Gun in Cheek series. I finally
>petered out at #8. Then picked up one of the later ones and found that
>the quality continued to decline, as hard as that is to believe.

I just read the first chapter of Gannon #1: Blood For Breakfast. I can't imagine any series getting this bad.

>gems up
>your sleeve?

I don't have any, but with everyone from functional illiterates to Edgar award winners doing time under various action-series house names, I"m sure a good bibliography can turn up gems in all the series.

>was Alan Caillou's "Private Army of Colonel Tobin."

Thanks for the tip--I'll keep my eyes open.


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