RARA-AVIS: Richard Aleas (Charles Ardai), Vicki Hendricks metioned by Megan Abbott

From: Jack Bludis ( buildsnburns@yahoo.com)
Date: 07 Aug 2007

It's time for me to read Megan Abbott, since she writes about a time period that interests me and also interests many of you. It it from the Mystery Readers International site.

Here is one question and one answer from an interview of Megan Abbott by Theresa Swegel. I picked this because it mentions two of our regular contributors:

TS: On that note, who keeps you going? What's the last thing you read/ heard/ watched that made you think/ listen up/ blink?

MA: I just read Richard Aleas's Songs of Innocence and it knocked my socks off. The last 30 pages, I don't think I took a breath. In many ways, it's a classic PI story, and you're reading along, marveling at its skill, and then all the sudden, at the end, there's this unexpected emotional wallop that just floors you. And I have been reading a lot of the white-hot Vicki Hendricks, including her latest, Cruel Poetry, which is just great. Her characters jump off the page. There's such momentum, the characters' drive to their own dooms. Moviewise, I haven't been able to get David Fincher's brilliant Zodiac out of my head. I really think it's an instant classic. I can't remember seeing a movie so insightful and penetrating about the powerful pull of unsolved crime, of noir obsession and its awful spiral.

The entire interview can be read at this url:


Hope you enjoy the interview.

Jack Bludis

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