RARA-AVIS: cookie cutter psychos, cheap shots, and scorpions

From: Michael Robison ( zspider@gte.net)
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).

cookie-cutter psychos, eh? do you think maybe he's referring to thompson's _killer inside me_, rene? ;-)


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