Re: RARA-AVIS: Hardboiled Love on sale in Finland

From: Kerry J. Schooley (
Date: 19 Apr 2007


I'm pleased HBL has found it's way to your shelf. Hope you enjoy it, and I'll take full responsibility if for any reason you do not.

And Jordan, I didn't thank you for your support. Thanks for your support. I hope you enjoyed your two as well.

It is so easy to forget the few who do take an interest when I'm feeling frustrated, confronted by a world of indifference. Well, I guess indifference is better than active hate. I'll stop whining now.

But while I'm making my thank you rounds, thanks to whomever it was recommended I read James Sallis. I'm just starting Blue Bottle- #5 and the final Lew Griffin, I think. God but this man can write. The beauty he brings out of the ugly side of a decaying city is inspiring. The style and the language. The allusions to noir culture, literature, philosophy, blues and classical music- it is like it's own reading list. The humanity of it- if there's an agenda, it can only be for tolerance and compassion. Sometimes the right work will resonate if read at the right time, but this feels like more. I have a feeling I will read about Griffin again, and again, which seems the only reasonable response to such a well examined and re-examined life.

Thank you Rara, Kerry

At 11:00 AM 19/04/2007, you wrote:

>On Canadian noir anthologies: someone asked:
> >> I picked up two of them. Did it sell
> >> internationally?
> > Not so's you'd notice. A number of books took brief vacations in
> > England and the US and have returned home to take early retirement.
>I managed to buy one, called HARDBOILED LOVE, in a Finnish bookstore called
>Academic, couple of years back. I think I detected two copies of the book. I
>haven't had a chance to read the book as yet, I'm sorry to say.

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