Re: RARA-AVIS: Briarpatch

From: Jacques Debierue (
Date: 17 Nov 2004

--- In, Michael Robison
<miker_zspider@y...> wrote:
> I thought that by reading BRIARPATCH (1984?) that I
> was reaching way back in his oeuvre. I always like to
> start early and progress forward. But a short intro
> at the front says that he's got 19 previous novels.
Yes, he wrote a lot of books. Think of the feast you have ahead...

> To Mario: You asked about what Thomas has done
> besides writing. That same intro says he has been a
> reporter, and editor, and several wide-ranging public
> relations jobs for publications, radio stations,
> organizations, and political candidates.

Yes, but I don't think you get the kind of stories and details that Thomas uses in his novels by holding those types of day jobs... I think he may have been in the field himself, like so many of his protagonists. In any case, he's a fascinating writer, one of the best in the hardboiled world. I like how he chips away at a character, methodically extracting layer after layer. Those characters must have felt all used up after a novel-length session with Thomas....



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