RARA-AVIS: Chandler and John D. MacDonald

From: Bludis Jack ( buildsnburns@yahoo.com)
Date: 17 Dec 2004

I said:

> One of the sadest reads of Chandler is "The
> Poodle Springs Story" in which Chandler to my
> observation is pussy whipped. Yes, the book was
> finished by Parker, but the early part, the
> part that Chandler wrote, was set it up that

Jim Doherty said:

> FWIW, I think Chandler developed much the same
> idea about POODLE SPRINGS you did. I think he
> stopped after four chapter simply because he
> thought it wasn't working and wasn't true to
> Marlowe's character.

It's an excellent take and one I would like to believe, but I guess we will never know short of Jim writing a scholarly article on it, which he is clearly able to try.

>From what I see of his argument that followed. He
may be right.

Jim Winter said of A PURPPLE PLACE FOR DYING and of my suggestion that Travis McGee was a man of his times as presented by JDM

> Oh, I agree about the times. And the first two

> books I could filter that nicely. In this one,
I > simply found none of the characters except
> Buckleberry sympathetic.

I was defending JDM on a general basis not as in A PURPLE PLACE FOR DYING, which I haven't read in years.

And by the way, Jim Winter did a damn good review of Michael Sileverling's THE STERLING INHERITANCE in the current issue of "Reflections in a Golden Eye," The Private-Eye Writers of Amerca news letter.

He describes it as a mix of hardboiled and Cozy, with bows to Rex Stout. The review makes me want to at least take a look at the book.

Good work, Jim. (And both Jim's on their comments above.)

Jack Bludis

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