RARA-AVIS: Kantner's first Ben Perkins book

From: Ed Lynskey ( e_lynskey@yahoo.com)
Date: 01 Oct 2003

--- Michael Robison < zspider@gte.net> wrote:
> Ed Lynskey wrote:
> > One of my recent used pb purchases was Rob Kantner's
> > THE BACK-DOOR MAN which I'm finishing up. I'm
> > really enjoying his breezy adventures in the
> > Motor City and beyond. Mr. Kantner has an engaging
> > writing style that clips along. I've had him on
> > my tbr list and I've not been disappointed.
> >
> > I haven't tried Vicky Hendricks'work but the
> > feedback from miker has been positive so I'll
> > put her in the hopper.
> ************************
> And I put Kantner on my list, Ed. Is THE BACK-DOOR MAN
> the one to read by him?

I believe this title is the first in the PI Ben Perkins series. I just happened across it in the crime/mystery section of a used bookstore and he was on my list (derived from suggestions here, of course). But it's been a terrific read thus far: funny, vigorous storytelling, good pacing.

There are things I like about the first books by authors, including George Pelecanos, Bill Pronzini, and Ross Macdonald. That doesn't detract from my joy in reading their later stuff by any means but there's a certain edginess and raw quality that others here have described better I can.

Ed Lynskey


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