Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Looking for hard-boiled westerns

From: William Denton (
Date: 10 Jun 2005

On 12 May 2005, William Denton wrote:

: Ed Gorman's done some good hardboiled/noir westerns. I'm working through
: a stack of his books and recently read GHOST TOWN, set during an outbreak
: of malaria in a small town out west.

I just read WHAT THE DEAD MEN SAY (1990) by Ed Gorman, and it's another fine noirish western, short and fast-moving. A man gone mad for vengeance comes to town and goes after three men. It's tough stuff, but not bleak. It has what I think of as a more traditionally western structure, because the bad people die, and the good people live, and when there are middling people who die, it's all right, because they weren't very happy.


William Denton : Toronto, Canada :

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