Re: RARA-AVIS: Gischler's Shotgun Opera + Gun Monkey

From: E.Borgers (
Date: 16 May 2006

I do not remember if I said already here something about another novel by Gischler: GUN MONKEYS. If not already done, I strongly suggest to Vicki to read it. In that one, characters are also a bit over the top, but just enough to be still credible "in the hard-boiled world of the noir/hb novel of the fifties and later". It's tough, but speaks of tough guys. So... Murder is part of the life of the central character, who is not exactly an eagle for strategies but unbeatable in the field. Humor is also there, but in its darker form, even close to a certain cynicism. A real good novel. (Only the last part is weaker as it repeats the same patterns for the cascade of very violent events; but it's really well written and this weakness is not an obstacle for the reader who stays captivated by the intrigues).

> Somebody on here complained about the characters, but I'm glad I didn't take
> your word for it! Although the women characters might seem a little over the
> top with their expertise, I couldn't wait to find out what they were going
> to do next. (Carl Hiaasen, pooh!) I loved how all the main characters were
> cold-hearted killers or had been, yet they became likeable. I ate it up!
> Vicki


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