Re: RARA-AVIS: The Top 111 and Richard Stark

From: Mario Taboada (
Date: 26 Apr 2002

There's no reason anybody has to like Parker, even though some of us (apparently, a lot of us) think he is one of the great characters in crime fiction. If it doesn't appeal, well, to the flames with it.

By the way, I just reread _The Score_, which is a magnificent book, both technically and thematically. A perfect book, really.

What's not in question is Westlake's stature as one of the greatest crime writers in history, as well as one of the most versatile.

Sometimes we get so hung up on the classics that we don't realize that there are masters writing right now who are fully up to the standards of Chandler & Co., and are even pushing the standards higher -- and not by reiterating old formulas either.

Alex Cockburn wrote that "the golden age is in us", and this is true in crime fiction as in everything else.



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