Re: RARA-AVIS: William Hoffman's WILD THORN

From: Joy Matkowski (
Date: 06 Mar 2003

Thanks for letting me know there's a #3. The first is among the best books I've ever read, certainly hardboiled, and in an unusual setting. I was probably the one who nominated him for the list. I didn't like the second book as well, but little could measure up to that first one.


"Ed Lynskey" <> wrote:
> This isn't a 1970s title, though William
> Hoffman has been publishing since the
> 1950s.
> I finished reading his lastest novel,
> WILD THORN (2002), which features his
> protag, Charles LeBlanc (who I see made
> it on rara-avis' Top 100 Hardboiled
> List).
> LeBlanc is the black sheep of a wealthy
> family who has fled to Montana and now
> returned to West Virginia to butt heads
> with the local sheriff among others.
> This is the third Hoffman novel I've
> read and I liked the same protagonist
> more in the earlier books. This story
> seems to lack the same intensity.
> Neverthless, I'll stick with him if
> future books do come out. Hoffman's
> writing style is also strong and spare,
> what appeals to me.

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