Re: RARA-AVIS: Jonathan Latimer

From: Michael Robison (
Date: 15 Nov 2002

Rene wrote:
> I've recently read Latimer's "The Dead Don't Care" featuring Bill Crane.
> Crane & his partner's m.o. while working on a job seems to consist
> mainly of consuming large amounts of expensive food & liquor (at their
> client"s expense), chasing any women within proximity (including their
> client's girl) & punctuating their strenuous efforts with daytime spells
> swimming on their client's private Florida beach. While they do this,
> Crane & his partner gossip about their client & his friends, eventually
> cracking the case. Nice work if you can get it. A light, reasonably
> entertaining read but it doesn't live up to its noirish, hardboiled
> title.

*********** Well, you've got me thinking, Rene. SOLOMON'S VINEYARD had some funny parts, but it sorta had that dark and sinister noir patina, too.

You know that begs the question... Can you have a noir comedy? ;-)


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