Re: RARA-AVIS: Recent Reads

From: Chris M (
Date: 25 Jan 2005

I've had a chance to read a couple good ones recently:

Ice Harvest by Scott Phillips - This has been praised to the skies here already, and for good reason. A nasty bit of noir, best (and easily) read in a single sitting. I found the ending to be a groaner, but perfect nevertheless. I've got the next one (The Walkaway, I think) waiting.

One quibble: I love it when a book is set in a specific time rather than just the generic present. Since Ice Harvest was set in '79, I was hoping for a bit more to come out of that. Not necessarily dumb jokes about leisure suits or wah-wah guitar, but by the time I finished the book I'd forgotten that it was set in the late '70s. This is minor and I only note this because I love books like The Sweet Forever where certain period details are essential to the story.

Chasing the Dragon by Domenic Stansberry - I picked this one up because I recognized Stansberry's from previous posts here. I need to read more by him as I really liked this one. He does a great job with characters and atmosphere.

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