RARA-AVIS: Re: Name Your Poison

From: Chris M ( cptpipes@hotmail.com)
Date: 31 Aug 2006

Mark, I agree with your comment that it might be tough for someone approaching Calibre as their first experience with Bruen. Interestingly, I read Blitz first and then went back to The White Trilogy, which I'd checked out multiple times but had never become absorbed in.

As for the suspension of reality:

I enjoy reading Block's Scudder novels because I enjoy spending time in that world. Though Block consistently deglamorizes Scudder and in no way makes him larger than life, when Scudder takes an interest in a second case in any one of the books, there's sort of a here-we-go-again moment where anyone who's read a mystery before knows that the two cases will be connected. That may not be real or true-to-life, but the character of Scudder has those qualities as down those mean streets he goes.

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