I'm glad to see more people are reading J.D.MacD.
It's ironic: for years I had him ranked up there with
Chandler and Hammett, but most of my reading of him was in
the 60s and 70s.
I had an occassion to reread him and found that each book was
more of the same, although I still think his style is
excellent. Where it fails, I think, is in its lack of
reality--the style that is. His McGees are told first person
yet he pauses periodically, actually sometimes at the
beginning of a book, to write long, elegant description that
would never be in a persons mind unless they were conscious
Just a comment and an observation of how time sometimes
changes our perspective.
Shamus nominee for "Shadow of the Dahlia" Amazon.com / BN.com
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