Re: RARA-AVIS: Recent viewing and reading

From: Doug Bassett (
Date: 04 Jan 2006

Yeah, I agree with the praise for FADE TO BLONDE. I think it's easily the best of the "new" Hard Cases, though I haven't read the King.


--- Jeff Vorzimmer <> wrote:

> > There was some discussion of the Hard Case Stephen
> King when it came out.
> > It's neither hardboiled, nor noir, nor
> interesting. I've enjoyed all the
> > others I've read in that line except for Max
> Phillips's FADE TO BLONDE,
> > which I picked up a few days ago and put down
> midway.
> I loved Fade to Blonde, maybe because it was so true
> to the style of the
> Gold Medals of the 50s. I was blown away by the idea
> that a contemporary
> writer could write so well in a style now 50 years
> old and with no
> anachronisms-that I could find. That's tough to do.
> I did mention, just
> after having read it, the weird movie references,
> which Charles explained,
> much to my amusement. I keep running across "A Sound
> of Distant Drums"
> references.
> Jeff

Doug Bassett

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