Re: RARA-AVIS: Max Allan Collins/Kaminsky

From: Joy Matkowski (
Date: 22 Jun 2004

Long ago, I found the first book I read in the series hilarious, especially the incompetent dentist; the second so-so; and the third written on a template that just stuck a different Hollywood star into the plot and gags of the first two. I like his Russian books better but had some deja vu while reading the last one. Joy

Mark Sullivan wrote in response to Etienne, who wrote: "I, personally have a lot more difficulties to accept the cardboard settings of Kaminsky's novels and their conventional intrigues."
> And that is why I ultimately gave up on them. For a few, though, I
> enjoyed the slightly campy nature of them and I guess I just preferred
> the movie history and trivia to Collins's political history. Although I
> had given up on Toby Peters before I read my first Nate Heller, so I
> might have had the opposite reaction if I had read the Hellers first.

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