Re: RARA-AVIS: Watcha readin'?

From: Richard Moore (
Date: 19 Feb 2006

As I recall it, most of the talk was about Ellin writing a PI novel at all. It was a distinct departure for him. I had not heard about the months of research, although I don't doubt that he did. He was certainly known for extensive rewriting until he was completely satisfied with his language. Ellin is an old favorite of mine but as I said before it has been years since I read THE EIGHTH CIRCLE or any of his earlier novels. I do reread his short stories all the time and its probably time for another look at the early novels.

Richard Moore

--- In, "dj_bassett" <dj_bassett@...> wrote:

> >
> What little I've read *about* THE EIGHTH CIRCLE was all about how
> strove to "get it right" with months of research with PI firms of
> day and a striving for authenticity and the like. And certainly
> book has the "feel" of a "realistic" novel, a deliberate stab at
> 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
> it'd be.
> doug

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