Re: RARA-AVIS: Mike Avallone's Satan Sleuth

From: James Reasoner (
Date: 13 Feb 2002

I've read at least one book in the Satan Sleuth series and remember it as being typical Avallone. Which means I enjoyed it but found it pretty goofy.

Someone mentioned the Butcher series. Avallone wrote the last nine of these, #27-35. What I find interesting about the series is that the others were written by Lee Floren, who is best known as a Western writer. I think the Butcher may be Floren's only men's adventure credit. (I own a few of the ones by Floren but haven't read them.)

James Reasoner

----- Original Message ----- From: "Rene Ribic" <> To: <> Sent: Wednesday, February 13, 2002 3:24 PM Subject: RARA-AVIS: Mike Avallone's Satan Sleuth

> This talk of "men's adventure" series' prompts me to ask if anyone has
> read any of this series by Mike Avallone, author of "alternative
> classics" (phrase borrowed from Pronzini's "Gun in Cheek"). I ask
> because I have vol's 1 & 2 in the series (unread). The main character
> busts evil Satanist & occultist cults, who are obviously a serious
> menace to us in the West, apparently up there with Communists & the
> Mafia. Then again, as there are possibly only the 2 or so entries in
> the series, maybe they weren't really that big a problem after all.
> Another point of interest is that the publisher issued at least 2
> Avallone books - from what I gather this is a good run for Avallone.
> (All of his I've read so far is "The Brutal Kook" & that certainly
> qualifies as "alternative" - fun though. Marx Bros do PI. I still don't
> know how much of Avallone's humour is intentional as opinion seems to be
> divided on that score & it's hard to work out from evidence available to
> me.)

# To unsubscribe from the regular list, say "unsubscribe rara-avis" to
#  This will not work for the digest version.
# The web pages for the list are at .

This archive was generated by hypermail 2b29 : 13 Feb 2002 EST