Re: RARA-AVIS: Sallis (and others) speaks

From: Duane Swierczynski (
Date: 21 Apr 2006

Chris M. wrote:

> Other recent reads of interest to the list are The Dramatist, by
> Ken Bruen
> and Hit Man by Duane Swierczynski. Both are terrific. I rememember
> some on
> this list don't care for the Bruen's Jack Taylor series, and
> nothing in The
> Dramatist will change your mind.
> Hit Man actually isn't that recent a read for me and I've been
> meaning to
> post on it for a while. I chain-read it and Drive by Sallis and
> they went
> perfectly together.

Chris, thanks so much for the kind words--I'm so glad you enjoyed it.
(And as you noted later, it is actually THE WHEELMAN. I wouldn't want Lawrence Block kicking my ass...)

There is a follow-up due out in November called THE BLONDE. It's definitely not a sequel, but it does take place in the same universe. And a very minor character from WHEELMAN shows up in this one as a major character.

THE DRAMATIST blew me away, too. I'm a diehard Ken Bruen fan, but when I finished that one, the book just fell out of my hands. I couldn't believe Ken had gone there.

My wife read it, and when she finished, she threw the book across the room. And then she started to cry.

Yeah. It's about as noir as it gets.


Duane Swierczynski

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