Re: RARA-AVIS: Charles Williams

From: Doug Bassett (
Date: 28 Jul 2006

Or consider DEAD CALM, which starts out with a premise so cornball that one could easily imagine it being ground out in a grindhouse flick of the period, but which turns in Williams's hands into a rather sad, almost contemplative story about the cruelties of fate. Maybe Williams's real gift was his ability to find the human heart in these setups.


--- Jacques Debierue <> wrote:

> Ironically, he's languished while at the same time
> being increasingly
> recognized as a classic... His _The Hot Spot_ is one
> of the most
> perfect noir novels I have ever read. Powerful
> stuff, ordinary
> characters including some very bad people. He is not
> flashy, but he
> maintains the tension by very precise dialogue and a
> good balance
> between dialogue and description. He can also convey
> sensuality with
> great economy and impact. Regarding comments on the
> price of
> reprinting: that's too bad. A publisher has to make
> some money and in
> 2006 Williams isn't exactly your bestselling author.
> No noir writer is.

Doug Bassett

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