RARA-AVIS: TLS mentions Hammett, Chandler

From: William Denton ( wtd@pobox.com)
Date: 18 Aug 2005

My attention was caught this morning by the opening lines of Paul Seabright's review of the recent book FREAKONOMICS: A ROGUE ECONOMIST EXPLORES THE HIDDEN SIDE OF EVERYTHING (by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner), in the TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT (5 Augusut 2005):

"This book should be read at a single sitting: it is written with great fluency and brio, and the real substance of the earlier chapters will generate enough momentum to compensate for the light weight of the book's second half. At its best, it has the pace and the mock hard-boiled charm of a collection of Hammett or Chandler detective stories. Steven D. Levitt is an economist, not a gumshoe, but he looks out from his office in Chicago with the same curious eye for a puzzle, the same disinclination to believe the pious self-descriptions of the ambitious and the greedy, that move Philip Marlowe in Los Angeles."


William Denton : Toronto, Canada : www.miskatonic.org : www.frbr.org

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