Re: RARA-AVIS: Willeford's "The Difference"

From: Peedie Monk (
Date: 21 May 2002

----- Original Message ----- From: "Paul Farrell" <>

I read "The Difference" a while ago. It's fairly short, and definitely worthwhile. Not in the same league as "Cockfighter", but still vintage Willeford. It's a Western set in the late 19th century that focuses on a young outlaw who gets involved in a family feud. The cross between Western and noir works very well. Genre mixtures like this are often interesting. I've been reading Alfred Bester's "Demolished Man" (from 1953), and so far it's shaping up to be a good mixture of the hardboiled detective story with science fiction.

Thanks, Paul. Sounds good. If you like cross-genre novels don't miss William Hjortsberg's "Falling Angel" or Terrill Lankford's "Angry Moon". Two outstanding HB-horror hybrids.

Al Guthrie

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