Re: RARA-AVIS: Forthcoming Dennis Lynds reissues

Date: 30 May 2005

Bill wrote:

"Point Blank will do "the mammoth DENNIS LYNDS READER which will contain the entire John Crowe Buena Costa County novel, BLOODWATER, the Michael Collins short novel RESURRECTION, the Dennis Lynds short novel TALKING TO THE WORLD, and generous selection of both Michael Collins and Dennis Lynds short stories. On the schedule after that are all the Dan Fortune novels in double volumes, and selected novels of John Crowe, Mark Sadler, and William Arden starting with HERE TO DIE by Sadler, and featuring critically acclaimed PI Paul Shaw."

Dennis, I'm curious about how these were chosen. For instance, Bloodwater is neither the first nor your favorite (didn't you say you preferred A Touch of Darkness?) John Crowe novel, so why that one? (On a personal note, I have Bloodwater, but not Darkness, so . . .) Similarly, wasn't The Falling Man the first Sadler? So why start with Here to Die? Am I the only reader who is anal about reading series in order?

On another note, I just finished the first Buena County novel, Another Way to Die. I liked it, although I was a bit confused at the beginning until someone finally acknowledged the seeming contradiction of Roy wearing the uniform and being six months out of the Army. Once that was questioned I was fine. I liked the way you worked in the questioning of society. As you noted earlier this month, your critique is not situational, but systemic, with the current situation simply exposing the normal workings of society and, in this case, what happens to someone who is too sensitive to the contradictions.


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