RARA-AVIS: Newton Thornburg

From: thebradstevens ( bradstevens22@hotmail.com)
Date: 04 Apr 2005

Are there any Newton Thornburg fans here? I discovered Thornburg's work a few weeks back when I picked up a second hand copy of CUTTER AND BONE in 'Murder One' (a terrific London bookstore). I never thought I would find another 'hard boiled' American writer whose work I liked as much Charles Willeford's, but CUTTER AND BONE seems to me the perfect crime novel. Yet Thornburg doesn't appear to have that much of a reputation. I searched the internet, and found one extremely useful interview at:


But I couldn't find much else. That interview was conducted several years ago, so I'm not even certain that Thornburg is still alive.

I have now read Thornburg's first 5 novels (GENTLEMAN BORN, KNOCKOVER, TO DIE IN CALIFORNIA, CUTTER AND BONE and BLACK ANGUS), the last three of which are masterpieces, and am about to start VALHALLA.

According to the 'about the author' blurb on the back cover of the Australian paperback edition of KNOCKOVER, Thornburg had at one point been a TV writer. Anyone know anything about that?

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