RARA-AVIS: Recent readings: Joe Gores (Was: Spoilers for INTERFACE)

From: Brian Thornton ( tieresias@worldnet.att.net)
Date: 14 Jun 2004

I'm currently halfway through Gores' _32 CADILLACS_ and love it. I decided after hearing him talk about Hammett and Chandler at Bouchercon last October that I wanted to read his stuff and see how much of either of their spirits he was channeling. To tell the truth his stuff reads more Hammett-like (if for no other reason than that I don't recall Chandler ever mastering third person narrative to the extent that Gores has), although as I get more deeply into it, I have begun to think he sounds most like Joe Gores, and that's a good thing. Now I've got another author to add to the TBR pile!;)

All the Best-

Brian Thornton

  -------------- Original message from Doug Bassett : --------------
> Well, I've never hid my general dislike of Gores's
> work, so take my comment with a grain of salt, if you
> like. Indeed, if I, who don't really like Gores, liked
> it, it probably IS great.
> INTERFACE read to me like a self-concious retelling of
> THE MALTESE FALCON: the FALCON told in modern
> parlance, in other words, complete with a morally
> ambiguous PI and a suitcase full of drugs substituting
> for the bird. It pretty much manages to accomplish
> what it sets out to do, but shows it's spiritual
> roots, so to speak.

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