RARA-AVIS: Re: What I'm Reading

From: greenataircraft ( greencollect@comcast.net)
Date: 21 Sep 2007

Hi,newbie Paul here. Besides filling in the gaps of my Hard Case Crime collection, I devoured the entire Jack Taylor series by Ken Bruen and I'm now enjoying the Lew Griffin series by John Sallis. I also read High Life by Matthew Stokoe (thanks for the tip KB...I think). My pick for the summer is Pulp by Charles Bukowski. A funny take on the hard boiled genre and Buks last novel before he died.

--- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, "Nathan Cain" <IndieCrime@...> wrote:
> I thought I'd chime in with what I've been reading lately. I didn't
> jump in earlier because I wanted to finish Pelecanos' The Night
> Gardener, which impressed me a great deal. It was a very mature,
> realistic work of crime fiction, and my first experience with
> Pelecanos' work outside of The Wire. The book got a lot of praise, and
> I thought it earned it.
> I also recently read The Barbarous Coast by Ross MacDonald. It wasn't
> one of the better Archer books. The story itself wasn't bad, but I
> don't think the writing was all that great. It had a howler of a
> simile (or maybe a metaphor, I don't have the book handy) where
> MacDonald compares a woman's stockinged feet to "furtive animals
> making love beneath the hem of her dress" or something like that. Very
> bad. This book also had a real viciousness about it, too. MacDonald
> didn't hold back when writing about Hollywood and show business. His
> animosity leaps off the page, and there are almost no sympathetic
> characters.
> I also read James Reasoner's Texas Wind, which I didn't like quite as
> much as Dust Devils, but it was still a good read.

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