Re: RARA-AVIS: stephen greenleaf

Date: 17 Feb 2006

Doug wrote:

"I don't know if he's the "greatest...of them all" but he's usually my pick for the most underrated writer of his era. In a just world, he'd have had the career Robert Parker had (and vice versa)."

As bored as I became with him, I really can't begrudge Parker his success. His early books were very good, and without his success, all of those other great PI writers might not have been published at all.

"I also like Arthur Lyons a lot too, although Lyons wrote his fair share of duff books, and I've never met a Greenleaf I didn't like."

That era is looking more and more like a (a, not the) golden age of private eyes to me. Along with Lyons and Greenleaf, there were Joseph Hansen, Jack Lynch, Rob Kantner, James Crumley, Albert Lewin, Ben Schutz, . . .

PI seem to have fallen out of favor since then. Is it publishers being less likely to publish them, or writers less likely to write them? Who are the new, post-Pelecanos/Lehane, etc, PI writers?

About Greenleaf, though, how are his standalones? I've got one around here somewhere. I think it was about a divorce lawyer -- The Ditto List, maybe? Something like that.


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