RARA-AVIS: Hard-Boiled Humour

From: Donna ( donna.moore@virgin.net)
Date: 09 Mar 2005

Oh goody - dark and funny, just my favourite type of book.

I'll third the suggestions for Ken Bruen. His books make you feel as though you shouldn't be laughing, but you just have to. Also Charles Willeford, Daniel Woodrell (does that make me weird?)Jim Thompson (yes, OK, it's official - I'm weird), Charlie Stella, Allan Guthrie, Robert Ferrigno, Joe Lansdale (especially the Hap and Leonard series). Ray Banks' THE BIG BLIND is deliciously warped. James McKimmey's SQUEEZE PLAY had some great comic moments. David Bowker, Victor Gischler of course. Jason Starr often has some great sly touches of humour. Richard S Prather, Simon Kernick and Sean Doolittle. Different degrees of hard-boiled and different degrees of funny

For more comic, but still dark in some ways - Charlie Williams, Mark Haskell Smith's MOIST, Bill Fitzhugh.

I'll stop there. I'm getting carried away.



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