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

From: Jeff Vorzimmer (
Date: 02 Jul 2006

> All of this sort of flies in the face of your statement that his work only
got better over time.
> I think he had peaks and valleys, like any other writer. "Big Sleep" was
pretty good. "Farewell,
> My Lovely" was good, too. "The High Window" was a valley (at least for
me). "The Lady in the
> Lake" was brilliant, likewise, "The Little Sister." I think "The Long
Goodbye" is positively elegaic
> at times, and "Playback" is another valley, signaling a decline brought on
by stress, his wife's
> death, alcoholism, and failing health.

I think we maybe talking at cross-purposes here. What I'm talking about is simply the mechanics of writing, not storyline or plot--a cohesive plot. But I definitely agree with your peaks and valleys assessment. Perhaps my statement was too broad a brush.


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