RARA-AVIS: JDM's message

From: Michael Robison ( zspider@gte.net)
Date: 19 Feb 2002

jim said:
> You may have been wrong about the song quote, but you were bang on
> Vachss. Whenever I see a post complaining about John D. McDonald's
> "preachyness," I have an urge to point the offended party toward AV. With
> JDM I never had the feeling that his politics got in the way of his
> characters or his stories, but I can't say the same for Andrew. His work
> been devoured by his messages.

when i read my first jd macdonald, _the deep blue goodbye_, i was amazed at the silly dimestore philosophy that came from travis. travis seemed smarter and more world-wise than these little monologues made him out to be. but these were just little asides. like you stated, the story surged onward.

when i read my next jdm, _dress her in indigo_, i smiled when i seen more of the same. they didn't bother me at all.

these are the only two jdm's i've read. instead of rolling thru the whole collection, i decided that i wanted to spread myself out and cover a wide range of hardboiled authors and then come back later and fill in the gaps. i've read a few authors now, but i think that jdm might be the best storyteller so far.


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