Re: RARA-AVIS: Bruen and the Tinkers

From: Al Guthrie (
Date: 16 Mar 2005

> I didn't quite remember the book the same way, but your summary's great! I
found Bruen's clipped yet literary style refreshingly original, and he made me wanted > to go out and read all the books he mentioned, at least the ones I haven't already. Some of the violence was unnecessarily graphic, in my opinion.

Karin, I'm never really sure what the phrase 'unnecessarily graphic' means but as someone who uses a fair amount of graphic violence in his own books, I'd appreciate some clarification. 'Unnecessary' to me suggests that the violence is pleonastic. In other words, the book would be exactly the same with the violence removed or the level of violence toned down. I don't see that at all. I think it would be a different book, one that pulled its punches and wasn't written from the heart. It would be a book that patronized its readers by pretending to be something it wasn't. In a short interview on Duane Swierczynksi's blog, Bruen mentions the violence in his books as something he won't compromise on: html He also mentions that he doesn't (and won't) do scenery. I've definitely read several books that were unnecessarily scenic. But as I said before, different strokes. Lots of people like scenery and it's no more or less real than violence. Choice is a good thing, right? If you take away what's
'unnecessary' you may well end up with vanilla. And that's not noir. Wrong colour.


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