Re: Connelly: (Was: Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Who wrote it?)

Date: 29 Jun 2004


Re your comment below:

> since I first started reading him, I always had a
> sense that Connelly was
> carrying Chandler's mantle, not for his prose style,
> which countless others have
> self-consciously tried to mimic, but instead for the
> profound sense of
> melancholy that permeates the Harry Bosch stories,
> and the very specific use of Los
> Angeles as character.

Whether or not he was successful in carrying on in the tradition of Chandler, Connelly has stated several times that Chandler was his inspiration and the reason he got into crime writing.

For what are probably obvious reasons, I was not among those who jumped for joy when Bosh retired from police work and became a PI, and I kind of hope he gets back on the Job.

All this talk about Chandler gives me an opportunity for Shameless Self-Promotion.

My Barnes & Nobel Course on Chandler, RAYMON CHANDLER
- MASTER OF AMERICAN NOIR, is starting up again this July 2. The course is still open, and this time B&N is offering it for free (apologies to those of you who already took it when it was a fee course; I don't make these decisions). You can get details here:

Hope to see a few of you there.


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