Re: RARA-AVIS: recent finds

From: Karin Montin (
Date: 08 Jul 2005

I found 5:45 to Suburbia by Vin Packer a couple of years ago at a rummage sale. Unfortunately, it was neither hardboiled nor noir, nor even a crime novel. It was a fairly depressing look at sex, sin and survival among the surbanites, though. It did not meet my expectations of what a Vin Packer novels was going to be, based on Rara Avis talk. It does show that Marijane Meaker is a versatile writer, though.

I don't know about Baltimore Blue, but I read Sugarhouse by Laura Lippman a while back and liked it. The main character is a reporter-turned-PI. Lippman is a reporter-turned-mystery writer. She is a very funny speaker (saw her a few times in Toronto), but not as hilarious in writing.


At 02:16 08/07/05 -0400, Mark wrote:
>I found these today and was wondering how they rate:
>5:45 to Suburbia by Vin Packer (Sex, sin and survival among the
>suburbanites) Gold Medal Giant
>Jailbait by William Bernard (Teen-Age Hoodlums On The Loose), Popular
>They Can't All Be Guilty by M.V. Heberden (A Desmond Shannon Murder
>Mystery), Dell Mapback
>The Harder They Fall by Budd Schulberg (The Shocking Novel of the Fight
>Racket), Bantam Books -- I seem to remember this being praised here
>Once A Widow by Lee Roberts (She was rich, beautiful and on-the-make.
>Easy game, He thought . . .), Dell
>Let Them Eat Bullets by Howard Schoenfeld (Meet Jerry Nelson, a tough
>private eye, who knew what to feed a public enemy), Gold Medal
>Baltimore Blue by Laura Lippman, Avon -- is this the first in the
>Thanks for any opinions.

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