Re: RARA-AVIS: Bruen's Calibre

From: Dave Zeltserman (
Date: 22 Aug 2006

Usually alternating first and third persons bugs the hell out of me, but I enjoyed this book a lot-very clever fun book, and a nice tribute to both Ed McBain and Jim Thompson. What I liked most about it, other than Ken's unique style, is all the bad behavior by the cops--especially with the bad manners murderer on the loose, with several of the cops seeming more deranged than the killer. I highly recommend this book also.


--- In, "Chris M" <cptpipes@...> wrote:
> From Stewart:
> >Some short comments on very recent reading:
> >
> > CALIBRE by Ken Bruen...It has some of the first person/third
> >alternating chapters style (which I dislike) going, but the first
> >person is yelling at the reader to read Jim Thompson, so I can
> >it in this case.
> HA!
> I think I've gone on record too as not liking books with the
serial killer
> alternating chapters in first person (especially when it involves
the use of
> italics!), but it didn't bug me at all with Calibre. I guess this
is the
> first time a character like that has a voice I didn't mind.
> Otherwise, I'll echo Stewart's comments that this was a great read.

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