Re:Sallis (was Re: RARA-AVIS: Tarantino and Hard Case Crime)

Date: 06 Jul 2007


Re your question below:

"Did Westlake's Mitch Tobin series end or did it just, er, get discontinued?"

The whole series depicts Tobin's slow healing process.
 He starts by shutting the world out, and, in each book, engages with the outer world a little more.

In the penultimate book, he finally comes to terms with his guilt in a healthy way, and decides to become part of the outside world again. As part of this process he applies for a PI license.

In the last book, he's a licensed PI, working part-time as a security guard at an art museum, and is back to being a fully functional human being.

So it didn't end in the sense that Tobin had some rendevous at the Reichenbach that absolutely closed off the possiblity of being further adventures.

But, in the sense that the whole series was about Tobin's psychological healing process, the series comes to a definite end when that healing process has been completed.

OTOH, the early entries in Lawrence Block's Matt Scudder series formed a similar arc that came to a similar conclusion in EIGHT MILLION WAYS TO DIE, but Block has found ways to continue the series despite Scudder's coming to terms with his guilt and dealing with his alcoholism.

So there's always the possibility that Westlake may someday resurrect his "Tucker Coe" persona and tell stories about a fully healed Mitch Tobin.

After all, he brought back Parker.


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