Re: RARA-AVIS: Charles Williams' The Diamond Binkini

From: Ed Lynskey (
Date: 08 Jul 2006

--- Michael Robison <> wrote:
> Ed Lynskey wrote:
> I've read all of Mr. Crews's books but not Charles
> Williams or Charles Willeford.
> *********
> Interesting that you would mention Willeford and
> Williams together. I'm on vacation now and I've
> brought mostly hardboiled criticism with me, preparing
> for September, but I did grab a handful of novels.
> One is Willeford's The Difference, and another is
> Williams's Sailcloth Shroud.

I'm looking forward to your September HB/Noir Crit. month. It'll be interesting.

> If I read Sailcloth Shroud, I'll be through with all
> the Williams novels I have. I'll have to pick up some
> more. I had my doubts about Diamond Bikini, but after
> your review, I've put it on the list. I know I want
> Hill Girl, too. I've already read River Girl, Hot
> Spot, and Scorpion Reef. Oh! I forgot! I've got
> Dead Calm, too. I saw the movie of it and thought it
> was good. The book is still waiting on me.

My TDB was reprinted in the Blue Murder series/Simon Schuster UK(1988) and is easier to find, I think. Maxim Jakubowski, the series editor, has an interesting preface, talking about the life Charles Williams and his works. Sailcloth is a fast, solid read. Dead Calm, IMHO, is a great read except for maybe the 1950s psychology bit. (But it doesn't detract).

I enjoyed reading Hill Girl, the first in the Girl trilogy. IIRC, Bill Crider and Steve Lewis have posted CW's beautiful dj cover shots at Mystery*File. (I think Steve may've put Bill's great CW essays online, too).

Have a good one,


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