Re: RARA-AVIS: Watcha readin'?

From: Doug Bassett (
Date: 17 Feb 2006

THE EIGHTH CIRCLE by Stanley Ellin: Well-written, but further evidence to me that "realism" is a literary method. Here Ellin's "realism" is mainly a lot of pop-psych of the day. And while it may well be true that PI work, when successful, takes a spiritual toll on it's practioners, that just seems nowadays like a literary device after Wambaugh, etc.

An Arthur Lyons novel I can't remember: Not one of his better efforts, but I generally like Lyons's, who I think is another underrated writer of that period.

I'm also reading a lot of Joseph Hone, who is in no way hardboiled (he's a British spy novelist) but is pretty fine.


--- Chris M <> wrote:

> I recently finished Walter Mosley's CINNAMON KISS
> and loved it. I took a
> break from the Easy Rawlins stories a while back,
> reminded me of Mosley in general, and I did some
> quick catching up on Easy.
> I don't know why I soured on the stories for a
> while. They are all terrific.
> I've got James Lee Burke's CRUSADER'S CROSS and
> Duane Swierczynski's WHEEL
> MAN on deck.
> The Robicheaux books are a bit odd for me. Usually I
> need to chain-read a
> series or not bother reading them at all. For some
> reason, I can take or
> leave the Robicheaux books. When I'm in the middle
> of one, I like it a lot.
> But I don't have the compulsion to read them all in
> order and as quickly as
> I can, like I do for many other series.

Doug Bassett

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