RE: RARA-AVIS: I want to ban a book!

Date: 07 May 2005

Fred said:

> it turns out the killer -- a guy named Montresor
> -- got away with burying alive his drunken buddy who had TRUSTED HIM!
> And that was fifty years ago, and nobody caught the killer! He got away
> with murder! I think it should be banned. And I know you agree, too.

I totally agree, Fred. In fact, I've already found a copy of the volume that contains the work you cited, and have burned it because it's so dangerous. And now I have three recent reads to add to the list of books we should ban because the protagonist gets away with murder:

  - GRIFTER'S GAME by Lawrence Block (another Hard Case Crime book; a reprint of MONA by Block). A bad man and his girlfriend get away with murder. (I actually thought it was very good, my first Block read, with an interesting surprise synthesis ending.)

  - TWISTED CITY by Jason Starr. A guy gets away with killing someone.
(Again, really liked it, and another cool surprise ending.)

  - THE GUARDS by Ken Bruen. A guy kills two people and as of the end of the novel seems to get away with it. (This won the Shamus in 2002.) Actually, I really loved this book, love Jack Taylor. Hadn't read any Bruen before this, and I'll definitely read more.

There are a number of other books I like in which the protagonist gets away with murder. Maybe it's me.

Best, Bruce

Bruce Makous Author: RIDING THE BRAND

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