Re: RARA-AVIS: Holiday hardboiled?

Date: 26 Dec 2004

miker asked:

"Hell with the turtledoves and partridges in a pear tree. Anybody turn up any new (or old) hardboiled or noir over the holidays?"

Most of my gifts were movies this year. Along with a bunch of samurai films (I've really gotten hooked), I got that film noir box with Asphalt Jungle, Set Up, Gun Crazy, Out of the Past and Murder My Sweet. Looking forward to seeing those again, Set Up for the first time. I also got the Prisoner box set.

As for recent reads, I'm currently about half way through Hard As Nails by Dan Simmons. I really like this series, but I must admit the plots don't stay with me very long. It's one of the few times I am glad for the many recaps from past books in the series. I also got a laugh out of Kurtz's alleged father, an in-joke Bill D posted a while ago.

Before that I read Richard Stark's Nobody Runs Forever, which I enjoyed, but with the reservations I posted earlier. And Andrew Klavan's Dynamite Road. I liked that quite a bit and will definitely be picking up the second when it comes out in paper. Like Bill C, I particularly liked the choice of narrator, a now older writer recounting his early, starry eyed days working in a PI office.


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