Re: RARA-AVIS: Watcha readin'?

From: dj_bassett (
Date: 18 Feb 2006

--- In, "Richard Moore" <moorich2@...> wrote:
> Certainly realism is a literary method, or what various critics
> label "realism" in the various eras. It's been quite a few years
> since I read Ellin's novel, and my memory may be faded a bit, but I
> certainly don't recall it as a novel of "realism" even in those pre-
> Wambaugh days of 1958.

What little I've read *about* THE EIGHTH CIRCLE was all about how Ellin strove to "get it right" with months of research with PI firms of the day and a striving for authenticity and the like. And certainly the book has the "feel" of a "realistic" novel, a deliberate stab at doing something different than the Chandler-myth. The PI here is quite sucessful and the firm very large, for instance.

It's not a bad book by any means, just rather less good than I hoped it'd be.


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