RARA-AVIS: More on Ross Thomas

From: William Denton ( buff@pobox.com)
Date: 17 Feb 2005

I can't remember who suggested a Ross Thomas month, but whoever you are, thanks. I just finished OUT ON THE RIM (1987), after racing through it at top speed, enjoying every minute. This one of the three about Wu and Durant, a pair of hardboiled adventurers and con artists, who here get involved with a plan to bribe a Filipino terrorist with $5 million so he'll leave the country and let others get on with the post-Marcos rule.

The great thing about this book is that no-one, absolutely no-one, ever considers actually giving the money to the person they're supposed to. All sorts of spies, fixers, grifters, hoods, and banditos are mixed up in it, and they all want to get the money for themselves. On top of that, the double- and triple- and quadruple-crosses come at you non-stop.

Pigeon drops are mentioned, and I know about that con, but there's also mention of the Omaha Bank. Is that a real one, or just something Thomas made up? In this book he renames the fruit drink franchise Orange Julius to Orange Brutus, which I think is a riot.


William Denton : Toronto, Canada : http://www.miskatonic.org/ : Caveat lector.

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