Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Ross Macdonald vs. Elmore Leonard

From: Michael Robison (
Date: 23 Aug 2007

Dave Zeltserman wrote:

Mario, I can't argue with that list, but I think I'd add James M. Cain...

...and by virtue of one great novel...

***************** Hey! No fair. You might have got to Cain before me but I offered him up too before I read your post.

And by virtue of one great novel brings up a bunch. I hesitate to say it, but I'd put Willeford in that category for The Burnt Orange Heresy. Nothing else I've read of his has measured up. Others that I've only read one of but thought were great were Thornburg
(was it Cutter and Bone?) and whoever the heck it was who wrote The Last Good Kiss. Others too. Anderson's Thieves Like Us and Gresham's Nightmare Alley. Other than Willeford, I've only read one novel by the others, but they were excellent. I've kinda come around to liking McCoy's They Shoot Horses, Don't They?, too.

I could go on like this forever. I won't.


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