Re: RARA-AVIS: You Play the Black

From: Rene Ribic (
Date: 31 May 2002

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> Rene said: "YOU PLAY THE BLACK ... is an excellent book,
> well worth the republishing. Apparently it was written as a
> parody/pastiche of the hardboiled school. . . ."
> Apparently some of the original reviewers of YOU PLAY THE
> BLACK AND THE RED COMES UP thought was a parody. Recent
> commentators tend to take it seriously. Even those who
> thought it was a parody more or less recommended it.
> Bill Crider
> --
I thought it read fine as a straight HB novel. (By the way, Hallas/Knight's main claim to fame is a book featuring one of the most famous fictional canines of the 20thC. - Lassie.)


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