Re: RARA-AVIS: RE: Wonderful Wizard of Hardboiled

Date: 30 Apr 2002


Re your comment below:

> Just to show that no good idea hasn't already been
> explored, there's a
> very tough novel based on the Oz legend (Baum's, not
> HBO's) -- Robert
> McCammon's "Gone South," in which an Agent
> Orange-poisoned Vietnam vet,
> blamed for a murder not entirely his fault, runs
> from the cops into a
> Louisiana swamp. There he picks up an assortment of
> weird and damaged
> fellow travelers all seeking a mystical swamp witch
> who can possibly
> "cure" them all. It's a terrific book from a writer
> who seems to have
> done the unthinkable -- stopped publishing while
> still hitting the
> bestseller lists.

That reminds me, didn't I hear the Fidelity from your novel SLEEPING DOG was supposed to be Dorothy reconceived as a character in a hard-boiled PI novel?


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