Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: hardboiled comedy

From: Michael Robison (
Date: 08 Mar 2005

Brian Thornton wrote:

Read any Pelecanos lately? Try RIGHT AS RAIN. There's a laugh-riot for ya. I did find humor in that book, though it struck me as the unintended-because-it-was-really-intended-to-be-terribly-ironic-stuff
 variety of humor. But hey, what do I know. Pelecanos sells, and that's no lie.

************ Been a long time since I've read anything by Pelecanos. I read THE SWEET FOREVER and SHAME THE DEVIL quite a few years ago. I liked them both and bought RIGHT AS RAIN, but haven't gotten around to reading it yet. For the last few years I've been reading authors new to me and only occasionally going back to ones I've read before.

And Pelecanos selling seems like a recent thing. When I read the two I mentioned, I had to mail order them. Couldn't find them in a bookstore around here. Now Barnes and Noble and Borders both have a selection of his books. I'm glad to see it.


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