RARA-AVIS: Block, Collins -Two good ones

From: Mario Taboada ( matrxtech@yahoo.com)
Date: 15 Nov 2003

A month ago I picked up a bunch of used books for free after a charity sale. Among them were Lawrence Block's _The Specialists_ an ultrahardboiled novel that I had overlooked. It is a concise, powerful book.

The other is MichaelCollins's _Chasing Eights_, a Dan Fortune PI novel that reminded me of Ross Macdonald: a lean but not dry style, a vivid portrait of Santa Barbara and its fauna, a complex plot handled with savvy assurance, and a whole that adds up to much more than these ingredients. I highly recommend it. It may be one of the best PI novels of the nineties.

Best regards,


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