RARA-AVIS: Geoffrey Homes, etc.

From: abc@wt.net
Date: 16 Jul 2002

We've recently had some posts about Geoffrey Homes, and I thought I'd see what Anthony Boucher had to say about him. My source was an indispensable book entitled The Anthony Boucher Chronicles: Reviews and Commentary 1942-1947, Volume II, The Week in Murder. It contains Boucher's reviews from the San Francisco Chronicle, and if you don't own the book, you certainly should. You'll find yourself making all kinds of lists of books you need to read. Check it out at http://www.ramblehouse.bigstep.com/.

But I digress. Boucher liked Homes a lot, and his review of Build My Gallows High is one of several included in the book. ("All Cain's tense vigor and an added humanity and honesty."

Another digression: One of the publishers of Ramble House is Fender Tucker, and while surfing the net I ran across his list of the 100 Best Books. It's a great, idiosyncratic list, and there are three Hubert Selby titles in the first 1/3 of it. Plenty of mystery titles are included, too.
( http://www.shreveporttimes.com/html/8EC5F76D-80FB-47D8-A4E0

Bill Crider

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