RARA-AVIS: Re: Who don't you like?

From: Channing ( filmtroll@sbcglobal.net)
Date: 30 Jun 2006

Mickey Spillane's Tiger Mann books.

Mickey's early Mike Hammer books aren't high art but they have an energy and are pretty good reads.

But with his James Bond Rip-off, Tiger Mann, Spillane is venturing into unknown territory, the slick, suave secret agent. Well, there's nothing slick, or suave about Spillane and the books are just bad re-hashes of Mike Hammer stuck in an Ian Fleming plot. Also Spillane's writing would never be considered polished, but his horrible grammar and tortured prose in these books goes beyond lazy and borders on incompetence.

I also suggest John Lutz' Alo Nudger books. I only read one book but Alo is such an ineffectual, incompetent weenie that the books are frustrating. I mean, in the book I read, Alo is too stupid to even get an up-front retainer and his client swindles him out of the couple grand he owes him for solving the case. Ugh! What a wimp. I threw the book across the room at that point.


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