From: Al Guthrie (
Date: 12 Jan 2003

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> Thanks Al,
> It's been a while since I dipped into a McBain, Hunter, Marsten book,
> your posting reminded me of how good he can be. His "Second Ending" was
> of the books that made me want to become a writer, and it's easy to be
> impressed by the quanity and overall quality of his extensive body of
> I'll find copies of "GUNS" and "DOWNTOWN" and settle in for a good read.

Jim, I haven't read SECOND ENDING, but if it's that inspirational I'll have to track down a copy. I think you'll like GUNS, particularly. It reads like an Elmore Leonard/Jim Thompson collaboration. And that's some collaboration. Now, if only I can find someone who writes like Lawrence Block/David Goodis...


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