RARA-AVIS: Bookstore browsing

From: Michael Robison ( miker_zspider@yahoo.com)
Date: 13 Jan 2005

Spent some time at the local Barnes and Noble bookstore last weekend and found some interesting things. The BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY STORIES OF 2004 has a story by Dick Lochte entitled "Low Tide." He's sandwiched inbetween a Stephen King story and another by Joyce Carol Oates. You're keeping damn good company there, Dick.

The discount section had THE WORLD AS A LIE, a biography of James Dickey. I read a review of this book a long while back. There was a long chapter in it on DELIVERANCE, and I read some of that with interest.

In the last couple years I've bought a lot more books than I've read, so here recently I've been pretty much in a no-book buying mode. But I found a display with the novel OUT, by Natsuo Kirino. I had never heard of it or her, but after reading the blurbs I bought it. I'm glad I did. It's good. I'm about a hundred pages into it. Wicked and dark.

I finished Macdonald's BLACK MONEY. There's a psychological undercurrent to the book that subverts Archer's compassion and concerns with the troubles of the characters, a very ugly streak of misanthropy that runs far deeper than just about any noir I can think of.


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