Re: RARA-AVIS: Hard-Boiled Gazetteer to Southern California

From: Joy Matkowski (
Date: 01 Jun 2004

William Denton asked for verdicts:
> John Morgan Wilson's Benjamin Justice series
People whose opinions I respect praised this series so I read one, I think the first in the series. It was well written and descriptive as promised, but I couldn't cope with all the sex. Every male in the protagonist's field of vision is physically sized up and appraised; every sexual encounter is portrayed in great detail. I went away from the book uncomfortable with the thought that perhaps deep down I am a homophobe, despite my liberal stance and lesbian friends. Fortunately (or unfortunately, I guess), the next book I read grossly overemphasized heterosexual sex, plus it wasn't even well written. No, I am not an old prude.

> Paula L. Woods's Charlotte Justice series
I read the first in this series when it first came out because the black female police officer premises were so appealing, but I was disappointed. I've since heard a lot of praise for the series, but I haven't read any more of the books. I remember that I found plot elements implausible and what I took to be classism.

More later maybe, after I do some work.


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