Re: RARA-AVIS: Drivers

From: Robert Elkin (
Date: 11 Jan 2006

Hi-- It's difficult for me to maintain interest in writings which feel to me like the protagonist has become a sort of self-proclaimed vessel for the exercise of the righteous wrath of god...and Vachss' writings feel that way to me, even Shella, which I loved until I'd read perhaps one Vachss book too many. His writings seem to me to have an agenda beyond the fictional. No offense meant to anyone who disagrees, of course. Rob

--- Steve Novak <> wrote:

> I guess I have to express my surprise and sorrow at
> the fact that *generally* speaking (...and that is
> always dangerous...) Vachss's criticism both in the
> US press and on various US discussion groups
> (including and especially Rara) has been quite
> negative (or at best lukewarm) after the initial
> enthousiasm (quite a few years ago). I wonder why
> his strong and original voice has been in such bad
> light...maybe some of his implied political views
> have ruffled some well groomed feathers (on either
> wing), maybe his activism in certain causes has gone
> against the politically correct stances of the US
> crime novel establishment, maybe simply the fact
> that, aside from The Getaway Man, his most recent
> output has not retained the sharp bluntness and
> "newness" factor of the initial novels..??? Any idea
> or further comment would be very welcome...
> Montois in Detroit

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