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

From: Mario Taboada (
Date: 09 Jan 2003

Yes, Doolittle is an excellent writer. Others in the same league who aren't sufficiently well known are Max Byrd, Roger Simon and Jonathan Valin. Byrd hasn't published for a long time, and Simon and Valin for quite a while, as far as I know. T. Jefferson Parker is doing all right, taking his time to write massive novels which no longer fit the consumer model of mystery fiction. That they are great is consolation for us, though probably not for his bank account.

It may be time to coin the "lost male generation" or something like that. They lost out to the female boom of the eighties and part of the nineties. They were squeezed out that boom and then the emergence of Ellroyism and the new wave of postnoir.



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