Re: RARA-AVIS: The Hills of Homicide

From: grbc74 (
Date: 09 Jul 2007

I don't want to stir off topic (again) but in all fairness to L'Amour, neither the thrillers nor his hard-boiled stories are the ones that earned him his reputation. I'm only getting started with his work so I couldn't really tell if I believ he's as good as they say. Based on what I've seen so far, however, I wouldn't call him unreadable.


--- In, BaxDeal@... wrote:
> > I just bought "The Hills of Homicide," a collection of eight crime
> > short stories by Western writer Louis L'Amour. Has anyone here
> > of the book or read it? I knew L'Amour had written numerous
> > outside the genre that made him famous, but I wasn't aware that
> > in particular had been anthologized. The Bantam edition does not
> > provide any information about the publication dates but L'Amour
> > in the intro that he used to publish in the same magazines that
> > Hammett, Chandler and Woolrich did, so I assume he's referring to
> > Black Mask and similar titles. The stories are billed as "hard-
> > by L'Amour himself but I'm curious as to what the members of this
> > think of them.
> >
> I've read just one L'Amour, a contemporary cold war thriller. I
finished it
> because I was being paid to adapt it to the screen. he has by far
one of
> the most unreadable prose styles I have ever encountered in modern
> and he hits whatever meager points he wants to make again and again
as if with a
> hammer
> Louis L'Amour? Louis L'Haine
> John Lau
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