RE: RARA-AVIS: RE: Caldwell

From: Mario Taboada (
Date: 16 Aug 2002

<<I was shopping for something by Gil Brewer yesterday, and I came across BACKWOODS TEASER, which sounds like it might be similar to TOBACCO ROAD, but I doubt that it is.>>

Some of Brewer's work is less than fabulous*. I don't recall this particular title, but I would wait until the walking encyclopedias of Rara-Avis give it the nod. He could get campy, feverish, even drippy, and some of his plots are even more ridiculous than Thompson's worst ones
(e.g. The Golden Gizmo). In any case, he's definitely noir.

The title Backwoods Teaser sounds pretty racy. Actually, Brewer wrote great sex scenes. He knew how to create sexual tension. I don't know of any goldmedalist that surpasses him in this area. Which goes to show that every Gold Medal has something of value.

[*Be thankful that I didn't say it's a fact...]

Best regards,


"The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug." Mark Twain

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