RARA-AVIS: Skin River

From: Gary ( piesbook@execpc.com)
Date: 07 Jan 2005

> Now that I've explained the novel a little I have a few questions for
> anyone out there who may have read this novel. Would you say that
> this book is hardboiled or noir? Why or why not? How did you feel
> about the direction the author took with the novel, did he let
> himself and the reader off easy?

I read this novel and had a similar reaction to it as when I read God is a Bullet. I gave this first author a lot (emphasis: a lot) of credit for trying, although I also felt a little let down by the conclusion. However, not enough to color my judgment about how much I liked this book. We discussed this at our Cloak and Clue Society meeting and most folks were not impressed by the author's style, while I had the opposite reaction. I thought his shifting point of view technique and use of language shows promise for the future and I would like to read another title by this guy. He certainly nailed what it feels like "up north" in Wisconsin and made a rural setting pretty creepy.

Lastly, my take on this is that if the hero survives (or is not screwed at the end), it is not noir. I would be curious to know if this was done because of a sequel, or if this is a stand alone.

Best, GWN Gary Warren Niebuhr P. O. Box 341218 Milwaukee, WI 53234 piesbook@execpc.com http://my.execpc.com/~piesbook/piescatalog.html Author of MAKE MINE A MYSTERY and A READERS GUIDE TO THE PRIVATE EYE NOVEL

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