Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Trevanian dead

From: Michael Robison (
Date: 19 Dec 2005

Jim Beaver wrote:

Are his books, overall, worth jumping into?

************ Depends on what you're looking for, Jim. I've read most of his books and I liked them all except INCIDENT AT TWENTY MILE. I was a caver years ago and I've been a climber for several years, so I think THE EIGER SANCTION and SHIBUMI are great. I don't think they are serious literature, but they are original and intelligent stories with subtle humor and outrageous satire. I liked LOO SANCTION and THE SUMMER OF KATYA, too.

THE MAIN was more serious, a sad story about a tough Canadian cop who continues to suffer the loss of his wife after many years. I didn't think it had much of a plot, but the brief character sketches were stunning. Breathtaking. Like the tough lesbian, or the knife-sharpener. In this book Trevanian more honestly examines vigilantism than any other hardboiled I can think of right now.

There are many wonderful images from Trevanian novels that have stayed with me for years. He told an entertaining story with a Hitchcock twist at the end. He had wit, compassion, and an unerring ability to put his finger on the pulse of humanity.


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