Re: RARA-AVIS: LONG-LEGGED FLY, James Sallis 1992

From: Chris Martin (
Date: 09 May 2003

Miker wrote:
>Just finished this short novel. It's moody, dark, intelligent,
>introspective, and noirish. Lew Griffin is a black private investigator in
>New Orleans. He's got a well-deserved reputation as a badass. He murders
>junkie in the first few pages. There isn't a lot of emphasis on plot. Lew
>goes from one missing person case to another, nearly all of them with bad
>endings. The emphasis is on atmosphere and voice and contemplation of the
>human condition. Bunches of literary references.

You stole my thunder on this, Miker. 90s month for me has been Jim Sallis month. I started with LLF and have worked my way through Eye of the Cricket. This is such a great series, and each of the books I've read so far has been woven in so well with the others. I'm reading through the series this time for pure enjoyment, but I have half half a mind to take notes someday and try to keep track of overlapping dates, characters, etc.

Last month I read Sallis's spy novel Death Will Have Your Eyes and like it too. It was the perfect counterpoint to Manchette's The Prone Gunman. Now I need to track down Renderings.


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