Re: RARA-AVIS: Unknown authors

From: Joe Dante (
Date: 11 Apr 2004

At 4/11/2004 06:26 PM, JIM DOHERTY wrote:
> Linda Fairstein A former Manhattan deputy district attorney who
specialized in prosecuting sex crimes. Her series character is a Manhattan deputy DA who specializes in prosecuting sex crimes. Haven't read her, so I can't comment personally.

IIRC ... She and Alice Vachss were both DAs in NYC at around the same time, one did fiction, one did non-fiction -- Vachss' non-fiction was infinitely scarier.

> Robert K. Tanenbaum Another former Manhattan deputy DA who specialized
in murder cases. His series character, Manhattan deputy DA Butch Karp, was introduced in the legal thriller NO LESSER PLEA, which I liked quite a bit

Has Tannenbaum ever acknowledged Michael Gruber's contribution to this SERIES? And what's with the Neapolitan mastiffs as protection dogs. Wasn't that already done (i.e. the other Vachss?)?

> Giles Blunt Write a police procedural series about a detective in a
small-town force in Canada. The first book in the series, 40 WORDS FOR SORROW, won the Silver Dagger from CWA. I though it was very good.

Ditto here, and I keep telling my local library the same thing.

> Kathy Reichs A forensic anthropologist whose character is, big surprise,
a forensic anthropologist. First book in the series, DEJA DEAD, won an award from the Canadian Crime Writers. Haven't read her, but she's been compared favorably to Patricia Cornwell.

Um, only if you like Cornwall's later (i.e. very recent) stuff, and like it ALOT!

> Thomas Perry His first novel, THE BUTCHER'S BOY, about a female federal
cop on the trail of a professional killer, won the Edgar for Best First Novel, and it was well-deserved.

Perry's early stuff is what got me started with crime-fiction ... great stuff, well (very well) worth reading.


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