RARA-AVIS: Re: Two for the Money

From: hardcasecrime ( editor@hardcasecrime.com)
Date: 24 Jul 2005

Hi, Jeff,

Sorry to hear you didn't like the book; obviously, different people will like different things, and that's fine. I can tell you, though, that many people don't agree with you. Literally every week I get e- mail messages from people complimenting TWO FOR THE MONEY and asking us to reprint more of the novels in the Nolan series -- and we certainly don't get messages like that in response to every title we publish.

I'm not saying you should have liked it, of course, but lots of people did like it, so I feel comfortable describing your reaction as idiosyncratic rather than typical.

Best, Charles

--- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, "Jeff Vorzimmer"
<jvorzimmer@a...> wrote:
> Just finished my 6th Hard Case Crime, Two for the Money (The 5th
> and I have to say, up til this one, they've all been really good.
The two
> novels, Bait Money and Blood Money, under one cover, by Max Allan
> were disappointing, even for a first and second novel. The plots
are okay
> and the characters unique, but the writing is bad. Judging from the
> of the other reprints and the originals in the HCC line, I'm
surprised they
> found these titles worthy of inclusion. Granted, it's certainly not
> to turn me off the series, but damn it was difficult getting 378
pages of
> Collins' writing. I'm sure his writing improved later in his
career. I don't
> know. This is all I've read. I could give examples of specific
dialogue that
> was so bad it made me laugh, but I don't want to dwell on the
> Sorry, Charles, one strike.
> Jeff

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