Re: RARA-AVIS: Goodis and 26 others

From: Al Guthrie (
Date: 02 Oct 2002

----- Original Message ----- From: "Robison Michael R CNIN" <>

> Incidentally, Al, you'll be proud to hear that I finally
> broke loose from the only-new-authors vow and dug into
> West's DAY OF THE LOCUST right after reading MISS LONELY-
> HEARTS. So my string stopped at 27 new authors in a row.
> Knee-deep in the mud, the blood, and the beer, it was a
> stunning tour of some of greatest authors and some of the
> meanest, nastiest characters ever. Here's a list of the
> authors:
> Iceberg Slim Gores Gresham Rankin
> James Cain McCoy Ed Anderson Spillane
> Fearing Crumley Westlake Goodis
> Himes Rabe Leonard Raymond
> Crews Woolrich Faulkner Daly
> Chavarria Burnett Gardner O'Hara
> West Paul Cain Whitfield
> Looking at this list begs the question, "Well what the
> hell had you ever read before that was hardboiled?" The
> answer, of course, is, "Uh... not much!" ;-)

I'm just impressed that you've read all these guys. I certainly haven't and I doubt if anyone else on the list has. Your challenge, should you wish to accept it, is to place them in order! And I'm interested, Mike: West is one of the four I haven't read that I'd most like to. What did you think of MISS LONELYHEARTS?


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