Re: RARA-AVIS: How much Background?

From: Joy Matkowski (
Date: 12 May 2003

I didn't like MYSTIC RIVER at all--kind of feel I wasted my time reading it, and it certainly wasn't a mystery--and given D. Lehane's lack of interest in present-day facts and reality, I'm not inclined to drive myself crazy by reading his current and proposed historicals.
    From what's been revealed so far, Mac had a hardboiled and clinically fascinating childhood. I hope to learn more about it in future books in the series. Still, I'd rather read a prequel with Mac at 20 or a sequel with Mac at 40, either of them with bits about childhood rabid dogs and rabid relatives and especially his missing father, than a book about Mac's childhood.


Jack Bludis wrote:
> Just to pose a question: do we really want to get
> into the childhood of characters? . . .
> As much as I think *Mystic River* was a great
> book, was it really a great mystery? Or was it
> mainstream with a crime element?

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