RE: RARA-AVIS: Reading list: Mallory

From: Mario Taboada (
Date: 24 May 2002

I like The Underground Man, though it's a bit overdone and you can see the solution coming miles away. I feel no urge to reread it, but have good memories of it.

I recently reread The Barbarous Coast, a book I hadn't revisited in more than 20 years. It's from 1956 and thus
"middle-period" Macdonald. I found it interesting, credible and very readable, a good classic PI novel. It reminded me of the fact that Archer stopped wisecracking in the model of Marlowe long before The Galton Case, which is the canonical dividing line. I am going to reread all the early Macdonalds, which may turn out, surprisingly, to hold up better than the overtly psychoanalytical ones.



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