Re: RARA-AVIS: The objection to Stansberry's "The Confession"

From: Doug Bassett (
Date: 05 May 2005


This is not on point, but I personally am quite puzzled to see so much love shown for this book, which I truly think is the weakest of the non-reprint Hard Cases: painfully obvious and belabored, unsuspenseful, and not especially insightful. In my opinion, of course. (Did Stansberry really do anything for the sociopath that Patricia Highsmith didn't do better, earlier?)

Personally I much preferred Max Phillips's FADE TO BLONDE, which tackles an equally old chestnut (did you hear the one about the broody drifter who meets the blonde with the mysterious past?) but manages to present it anew with a just a slightly different pov. I'm currently reading Guthrie's KISS HER GOODBYE, which I also like quite a bit.

This has nothing to do with the brouhaha, which I agree is ridiculous and unseemly.


--- Bludis Jack <> wrote:

> It's difficult to give the gist of the argument
> without a spoiler but lets just say the objection
> is that it is about an apparent series of murders
> of female. One perosn particulartly objected to
> the cover, which was mild compared to the old 40s
> and 50s covers.
> The reason it should be banned? Again it would be
> a spoiler, but I do observe that the person who
> called for its banning seems to have read the
> book.
> Jack Bludis
> -- updated
> "Shadow of the Dahlia" now at
> "Shadow" has been nominated for a Shamus

Doug Bassett

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