Re: RARA-AVIS: The Greatest of Them All?

From: Mario Taboada (
Date: 08 Jan 2003

<<As for Pronzini, I haven't read him, but I will now. That said, he'd have to be pretty damned good to weigh more heavily than a guy like either Hammett, Chandler, or MacDonald. Doesn't mean I won't like him. I like Parker tremendously, and don't think he's in the same league as
"the Big Three".>>

I wouldn't compare Pronzini to any of those three writers. To my mind, he is the descendant of John D. Macdonald. That is, a wonderful and prolific storyteller in several genres, including westerns. Technically, he is as proficient as any of the big writers you mention.

Pronzini's generation of hardboiled writers (which includes, Estleman, Lutz, Greenleaf, Lyons, Doolittle, among other worthy writers) does not get the recognition it deserves. Part of the problem is precisely the comparison with the old icons.



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