Re: RARA-AVIS: Heat Wave

From: M Blumenthal (
Date: 24 Jul 2002

Mark Sullivan:

> and Chip Harrison Scores Again by a pseudonymous Lawrence Block -- are
> the Chip Harrison books any good?
> Mark
> --
Mark, The first, No Score, Block describes as, " a picaresgue tale of a young man's efforts to make his way in the world to cure his virginity." His title was Lecher in the Rye which should give you an idea of what book was its inspiration. Incidentally, Block's original title for the second book was, Below the Belt. I thought the first was a pretty good more ribald takeoff on Catcher in the Rye. The second was less good. Having gone as far as he could with this idea Block was left with a likable character and nowhere to go. He made Chip the Archie Goodwin like aide to his Nero Wolfe imitation, Leo Haig, in two books. IMO, they are mediocre, but if you like Wolfe you would probably enjoy them. Obviously, none are hard boiled. Mark


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