Re: RARA-AVIS: Laura

Date: 23 May 2002


Re your questions below:

> Three questions. Is it [LAURA] good? Is it
> harboiled? Do
> the narrators alternate?
> If the answers are yes, yes, yes, then I'm going to
> have to read it.

Yes, it's good. No, it's not really hard-boiled
(though the hero, NYPD Det Lt MacPherson comes close).
 The narrators don't alternate in every chapter. The first section is written by witty columnist Waldo Lydecker (Clifton Webb played him in the movie and got an Oscar nomination). The second by MacPherson. The third part is a short chapter that made up of the official transcription of the interrogation. Small chapter by a third character. Rest by MacPherson.

What it really is is the first mystery/romance genre crossover. It's damned good, but it might not be your particular thing. Check out the movie. If you like that, you'll probably like the book.


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