RARA-AVIS: Eugene Izzi

From: Ed Lynskey ( e_lynskey@yahoo.com)
Date: 13 Jun 2006

I've been meaning to read something by Eugene Izzi and had his BAD GUYS in paperback sitting on my TBR. I finally finished it.
 Years ago I read a long piece in the WASHINGTON POST on Izzi's life and bizarre death. Library Journal reported one of his books had a $50K publisher budget (in 1991 money), so I guess he was publicized. My count shows he was nominated three times for an Edgar.

BAD GUYS Jimbo Marino, a tough guy detective working undercover against the Mob. I like Izzi's characters and dialogue here more than I did the plot. The deaf computer wiz named Gizmo, for instance. The portray of Chicago's seamy side is convincing and the story's pace is fine.

Ed Lynskey

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