Re: RARA-AVIS: Recent readings...

From: Dennis Lynds (
Date: 28 Jun 2005

Mr. T.

Glad you enjoyed BLUE DEATH. It was one of the few of mine to be picked up by a Book Club, maybe because it IS one of my books more like Ken's work. Ken started out in imitation of Chandler and evolved into his own style. I started with sort of a combination of Hammett-Chandler, seemed to move toward Ken, and then started to find my own voice somewhere around NIGHTRUNNERS, I'd say, and finally became my own with MINNESOTA STRIP--RED ROSA.

I believe it was Andre Gide who said, more or less, a writer must imitate when he or she starts or he will never find his own voice. (Although it can be overdone to the point of destroying his own talent.)



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