Re: RARA-AVIS: Early Noir

From: William Ahearn (
Date: 20 May 2007

--- Michael Robison <> wrote:

> Without giving too much away, there is a section
> where
> a few people are just walking around inside an old
> house, but it struck me as really ominous and
> threatening.

I appreciate your not wanting to give too much away but I judge how good a book or film might be by the
"it's a sled" rule. If a book is ruined by knowing that the butler did it, then good can it be? Which is what makes most mysteries work even though I rarely even remember who did what in Agatha Christie or whoever. And another reason why don't read that stuff anymore with detectives that are just too precious. This isn't really in response to anything specific and I do appreciate what you said. I did go read a synopsis of the book so if something was going to be spoiled I did it myself.


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