RARA-AVIS: Re: Ed Gorman's blog

From: Dave Zeltserman ( davezelt@comcast.net)
Date: 27 Apr 2005

--- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, "Bill Crider" <bcrider@h...> wrote:
> On Ed Gorman's blog today
> there's some interesting commentary on Chandler and Macdonald, not
> mention this: "That said, I'm really impressed by such writers
Jerry Raine
> (we're buying his new UK novel for Five Star), David Zeltserman
(whom I've
> just started reading) and a guy named Duane Swiercynski, whom I
assume we'll
> soon be visiting on the violent ward of a psych hospital or a

While disappointed that Ed doesn't feel that I should also be institutionalized, he did finish Fast Lane and posted the following review on his blog:

"David Zeltserman's Fast Lane is fast all right, and in all the good ways. It is a descent into hell in the form of a private eye novel, a search conducted by shamus Johnny Lane (a noir name Monogram Pictures just had to use somewhere along the line when they were cranking out their bargain basement noir) for the birth parents of the woman who hired him. Parts of this book reminded me of my favorite Orwell book, his memoir Down and Out in Paris and London, where Orwell, though sympathetic to the destitute people he meets also functions as a spy. If he hadn't brought some distance to his travels the book would have turned into socialist mush. Zeltserman operates the same way. Johnny Lane doesn't use the stand patter, think the standard p.i. thoughts, or even cry and bleed as we expect of all righteous private ops to. Zeltserman is too smart for that. There's a distance, even an irony, on the hell he takes us through. Zeltserman's is a new and different take on all the traditional tropes and set pieces. He's a unique and accomplished writer. I sure want to read more."

-Dave Z.

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