Re: RARA-AVIS: Hell to Pay/Dogfights

From: Rene Ribic (
Date: 08 Mar 2002

> Maybe I didn't quite get across what I was
> thinking in my comment the other day, regarding
> the character with the dog in George Pelecanos'
> _Hell to Pay_. Sure, training your dog to take
> part in a dogfight is pretty hard, but in the scheme
> of the book, the character's love for his dog, and
> his despair when the dog loses and one of his pals
> summarily executes it, does do something to
> humanize him. This is, after all, the hard-edged
> street as imagined by George Pelecanos. I'd never
> want to meet any of these characters myself--I was
> just trying to get across the idea that they are pretty
> scary, yet also believable and realistic--not some
> cookie-cutter psychos, but individuals.

No, you were quite clear, Craig. I just saw the opportunity for a cheap shot & couldn't resist. What can I say? It's in my nature (as the scorpion said to the turtle).


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