Re: RARA-AVIS: long post on spillane

From: Ron Clinton (
Date: 24 May 2002

> about 20 pages into the book i was thinking i wasn't going
> to be able to finish it. the dialogue wasn't so hot and
> it was obvious the characters were never going to amount to
> much more than unbelievable, shallow, two-dimensional props
> for the plot.

I just finished TOGETHER WE KILL, the new Spillane short-story collection put out by Five-Star. For the most part, pretty good stuff...but when I tried taking that rediscovered enthusiasm to an older Spillane novel, the enthusiasm didn't seem to sustain.

Perhaps Spillane -- for some of us -- is a dish best served in small portions.

Ron Clinton

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