Re: RARA-AVIS: Bad luck with Leonard

From: Michael Robison (
Date: 23 Jan 2004

John Williams wrote:
> Stick - that's the book that got me interested in this whole area of
> literature. It may be that Leonard's influence has been so immense that
> hard now to see how original he was. Also you have indeed been a little
> unlucky in your choices so far - the two you've read effectively bracket
> great period. The overrated Get Shorty was the first book to show Leonard
> resting on his laurels, while the faintly misogynist 52 Pick-Up was
> just before he really got into his stride. Unknown Man is pretty good
> Leonard - his only PI novel I think. Killshot is definitely minor.

****************** Thanks for the recommendation John. STICK it is. I know Bill has mentioned CITY PRIMEVAL as an excellent example of Leonard's writing, but I thought I'd read something I've already got rather than buy something.


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