RARA-AVIS: R-I-P Joe Kurtz

From: jim_l_roberts ( jim_l_roberts@yahoo.com)
Date: 28 Jan 2005

Just read this on the Dan Simmons web page

"Dan's extremely hard-boiled former P.I. hero Joe Kurtz is no more.

"Although Kurtz had survived attempts on his life by the mafia, the Buffalo P.D., fellow inmates, his mafia-don girlfriend, and assorted hoodlums (and took more lumps than a Brit with a sweet tooth dropping sugar cubes in his tea), Joe Kurtz finally met his demise this autumn by an unlikely hand - his creator's.

"'I owed one more Joe Kurtz novel to St. Martin's Press,' Dan reported, 'but I bought back that book, thus putting an effective end to the Joe Kurtz series.'"

Say it ain't so, Joe.

Each of the Kurtz novels grabbed me and kept me pinned to the chair from the opening sentence (e.g.: "On the day he was shot in the head, things were going strangely well for Joe Kurtz." *Hard as Nails*)

I still will occassionally pick up the the now last in the series,
*Hard as Nails*, and re-read sections.

Simmons' Kurtz was a consistently interesting character driven by revenge and topped off with a sense of honor. Maybe this wasn't high art, but it sure as hell was entertaining.

R-I-P Joe Kurtz.

jim roberts

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