Re: RARA-AVIS: 80s month - The Prone Gunman

From: Rene Ribic (
Date: 11 Apr 2003

> > You may be referring to Almost Blue by Carlo Lucarelli, which had a
> > translated version released by City Lights a couple years back. It
> includes
> > some great writing about jazz, Chet Baker in particular. Also, as
> > mentioned before, it's one of the rare books where I didn't
> > skip over reading the alternating chapters from the serial killer's
> of
> > view. All in all, a good read.
> That's it, thanks. Jazz of course features in Manchette's books as
well, but
> just as a background. Which brings to mind at least the film version
> the most recent film version) of Patricia Highsmith's Ripley books --
> recall Chet Baker and West Coast Jazz was a prominent part of the
> and some of the dialogue. Was this also true of the books?
> --JT.

From memory, Dickie Greenleaf, who becomes Ripley's first victim, is a big jazz fan. Learning about jazz is one of the methods that Ripley uses to get next to him although I don't think the book was very specific about what types of jazz Dickie is into. I don't recall any jazz musicians being mentioned by name, let alone Chet Baker but I may be wrong (it's happened before).


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