RARA-AVIS: Killing Rain and Earl Thompson

From: Michael Robison ( miker_zspider@yahoo.com)
Date: 11 Feb 2007

Finished Barry Eisler's Killing Rain a couple days ago. It wasn't bad. The credits in the back show that Eisler is working hard to make it real. I'm home for a couple more hours and then up to the airport and out to DC for a week. I checked out the bookshelf for something appealing and found Earl Thompson's The Devil To Pay and Gores's Contract Null and Void. I'll take them with me. I already started Thompson's. First page and I'm already sold on it. Solid prose. Bluesy, sad, and bittersweet. Probably a lot of fucking in it, too, but that's just Thompson. Thompson seems to have a great love for his characters, even as he runs them through hell. I approach this novel with some sadness. It's the last novel of Thompson's that I haven't read. I've already stated here many times that I think his A Garden of Sand ranks up there as one of my favorite all-time novels, right up there with Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises, Heller's Catch-22, and McCarthy's Blood Meridian.

I was also happy to find two more Willeford novels that I didn't know I had. Oh, well. Better get packing.


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