RARA-AVIS: Re: God Is a Bullet

From: Kevin Burton Smith ( kvnsmith@thrillingdetective.com)
Date: 19 May 2003

Al Guthrie wrote:

>For what it's worth, I thought "God.." was a well-written, entertaining,
>compact thriller. Hardboiled but not in the least bit noir.

Well, granted, it was a thriller. And we can argue until the cows come home about whether it was well-written or entertaining, but gee, Al, compact?

It's something like twice the length of an old Gold Medal PBO. It may be a lot of things, but it's not compact. Part of my problem with it, in fact, was how overwritten it was, how he never used a sentence when a bloated paragraph or three would do. In fact, some editor taking a weedwhacker to the damn thing might have made it a much better book.

As for Boston not having his picture taken, well, maybe he's a she. That would sure play havoc with at least some of his fans.


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