Re: RARA-AVIS: What led to Dark Ride?

From: Jacques Debierue (
Date: 12 Sep 2005

-> William Denton <wtd@p...> wrote:Kent, how did you come to write DARK RIDE? What
> Perhaps Mr. Taboada and others who read the book when it came out could
> comment on how they found out about it. Did you just see it in a store or
> the library and like the dust jacket blurb? Taking a chance on a
> first-time writer can turn out badly, but in this case it obviously turned
> out very well.

First, let me join in welcoming Kent to the joint. After that monstrous alliteration (I claim a first, etc.), I'll say that I found Dark Ride... in the cutout bin at a bookstore. I picked it up, liked the cover art, started reading a bit and found it compelling. I took it home and devoured it and then wrote an informal review or alert for this joint.

 I reread the book not long ago and liked it even more. I've been happy to recommend it and its author to anyone who will listen. Yes, the main character is, er, unsympathetic AND he gets away with it. He has privilege on his side. To me, this is a realistic novel told in a very concentrated voice. I loved Dia de los Muertos, too, which I found less Thompsonian and more Allgrenian, if you'll excuse the term, with a dash of Conrad.

So far, Kent has written books I could not possible forget, and for that I thank him.



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