RARA-AVIS: Re: Colorado Kid review at Amazon

From: hardcasecrime ( editor@hardcasecrime.com)
Date: 07 Sep 2005

I wouldn't call it a "cozy," but I know what Card was talking about. The book takes place in a small town off the coast of Maine and is written in a voice suitable to that location. It's definitely not a hardboiled voice -- but it is a non-hardboiled voice telling a noir story.

One warning: Card's review contains some pretty egregious spoilers, so if you want to read the book, you might want to skip reading the review. Part of the pleasure of the book is a series of things you learn as the tale unfolds, and Card just rattles several of those things off dismissively in a single sentence. It reminds me of the single worst example of back-cover copy I ever read, on the Vintage paperback edition of Nabokov's INVITATION TO A BEHEADING, which perversely gives away every single surprise in the story. When I gave a copy of that book to a friend, I whited-out every noun on the back cover first, to prevent the book from being ruined...

--------- Charles Ardai Editor, Hard Case Crime

--- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, "Gratefulbear"
<gratefulbear@c...> wrote:
> The Colorado Kid, upcoming from Hard Case Crime in October, has
been reviewed at Amazon.com by Orson Scott Card. (I'm not sure why a science fiction writer would be the one to review it...) He writes, "Alas, what he [Stephen King] actually turned in was a cozy, a sort of Jan Karon take on the hard-boiled genre." What an insult! If true, this would be the first "cozy" published by Hard Case Crime.
> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]

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