RARA-AVIS: Re: Fast Lane

From: Dave Zeltserman ( davezelt@comcast.net)
Date: 05 Jul 2005

Btw. Anyone interested in reading a short story of mine featuring Johnny Lane during his better days can find it at:


I wrote this partly to be a smart aleck (anyone reading this and then Fast Lane will realize why) and partly as an experiment to see if I could do a Lew Archer-type story.

Dave Zeltserman

--- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, DJ-Anonyme@w... wrote:
> I finished Dave Zeltserman's Fast Lane last night. Quite a read.
> really something how this unreliable, or is he, narrator pulls you
> SEMI-SPOILERS (I'm not giving away any specifics, but in dealing
> the plotting in general, I hint at some things I'm not sure I
would have
> wanted to know before I read it.)
> Johnny Lane's folksy voice immediately made me think of Thompson's
> Ford. So I was suspicious of how reliable he was as a narrator
from the
> very beginning. However, I was wondering whether Lane was just
> the directly addressed reader or himself, too. It becomes
> clear it's the former as Lane "remembers" to tell the reader
things he
> previously "forgot" to mention.
> The pacing is also very good. At first I was kind of afraid that
> book would end with a revelation that, while startling, would not
> been at all surprising, since Lane often exposes more of himself
than he
> seems to be aware of (which is a very neat balancing act of
> Zeltserman's). However, the reader officially finds out this
> just before the halfway point and the rest is an increasingly
wild, dark
> ride as the consequences are dealt with and the true Johnny comes
> more and more.
> Yes, the book all flows from a pretty incredible coincidence, but
> you get past that (which really isn't hard, one of those things we
> to accept more easily in crime novels than real life), everything
> quite naturally.
> So Dave, when's the next book coming out?
> And thanks Juha for publishing books like this.
> Mark

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