Re: RARA-AVIS: Four for The Fifties

From: Ed Lynskey (
Date: 02 Jan 2003

--- Robison Michael R CNIN <> wrote:

> I read Williams's RIVER GIRL about a year ago. I just
> finished THE HOT SPOT (HELL HATH NO FURY). Great book.
> Great writer. Hardboiled noir at it's best. He's got
> the Chandler flair for simile and metaphor. I've got
> DEAD CALM waiting on me, and I need to find SCORPION
> REEF. I hear that his sea novels are some of his best.

DEAD CALM is a rowdy read. I read his last book, MAN ON A STRING back in the summer (the only title my library stocked!). Good plot, good action, and good characters. THE WRONG VENUS awaits me. He's solid prose stylist.

> I read WILD WIVES. Cynical humor and irony. It was a
> good and entertaining book, but not as good as the
> spectacular BURNT ORANGE HERESY. I still haven't read
> a Hoke Moseley though. MIAMI HEAT sits on the shelf
> waiting on me.

Speaking of the other "Charles the Great," BURNT ORANGE HERESY was IMO a ripe satire of the artsy-fartsy set. And there's one scene early in a Hoke Moseley novel had me laughing so hard I thought I'd need stitches. Maybe it was SHARK INFESTED CUSTARD.
 His humor reminds me of Harry Crews. I'll look for WILD WIVES.

Ed Lynskey


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