RARA-AVIS: Re: Westlake's hardboiled period

From: Tapani Bagge ( tapani.bagge@aina.fi)
Date: 12 May 2005

Killing Time is a town-tamer book, sort of. But the ending is not the usual, plus the private eye already lives in the town at the beginning.

Pity Him Afterwards (1964) is another hardboiled Westlake title. A tale of a madman. It reminds me of Fredric Brown.

I think Killy is just as hardboiled as the Tucker Coe books. To me they are more like semi-hardboiled.

Ax is from Westlake's new hardboiled period, an excellent book. Much in the same vein is The Hook, though not quite as good.

Mercenaries is a mob story, from the inside. Westlake's first book on his own name, If I remember it right.

Tapani Bagge

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