Re: RARA-AVIS: Gregory Jones - Prowl Cop

Date: 14 Mar 2003


Re your critique below:

> A couple of weeks ago Jim Doherty posted a message
> on the list asking about
> Prowl Cop (1956) by Gregory Jones, which had been
> listed by Anthony Boucher
> as a good example of the police procedural. I've
> had the book for a while,
> and the comment prompted me to read it .... (some
> spoilers ahead) . . .
> . . . It's an odd book to be referred to as a
> procedural", as it doesn't
> have much in common with other books that I've read
> in that genre (namely
> books by Georges Simenon, Ed McBain, and Maj Sjowall
> and Per Wahloo). . .
> . . . Prowl Cop isn't the worst paperback original
> that I've read, but it's
> mediocre, and suffers badly in comparison with
> another book that I was
> reading recently, Briarpatch by Ross Thomas. Now
> that's a good book.

Thanks for taking the time to read the book and to give a thoughtful review.


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