RARA-AVIS: Another GM book

From: abc@wt.net
Date: 06 Aug 2002

I don't know why I picked up AS A MAN FALLS (1954) by Howard Rigsby. Maybe because Anthony Boucher really liked another Rigsby GM book, LUCINDA. I should've read that one, because AS A MAN FALLS is pretty bad. It begins with a classic Gold Medal situation: a guy wakes up in a motel, and there's a dead blonde in the next room. But it doesn't take any of the expected routes to the climax. I guess it's supposed to be a "psychological novel," and it's full of the kind of bad writing that makes you realize Rigsby thought he was writing a Serious Novel. It has the kind of cast that JDM could have done a bang-up job with, but I wouldn't recommend Rigsby's version to anyone.

Bill Crider

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