Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Block's different series protags meeting

From: Ed Lynskey (
Date: 02 Nov 2007

-- cptpipes2000 <> wrote:
> > > > Hasn't this meeting of different series main characters
> been
> > > > done in the past?
> This is a great topic. Here's a few that I can think of off
> the top of
> my head.
> Connelly has done this wonderfully multiple times, the
> standout being
> when the Terry McCaleb is investigated Bosch as a suspect in A
> Darkness More Than Night. I believe recalling that a distant
> relative
> of Bosch is the Lincoln Lawyer.
> In my opinion, Pelacanos has created such a vivid and real
> version of
> DC, that he can have characters from various series pop in and
> out
> without it feeling like a gimmick. Stefanos, in particular, is
> all
> over the place in the books that followed his series, but it
> always
> feels natural.
> I have a vague memory of Jesse Stone turning up in a Spenser
> book.
> (Yes, I still read them. Sue me). This was nicely done as
> well,
> because it was just enough of a wink without being
> overbearing.
> A version of Brant turned up in one of Bruen's Jack Taylor
> novels
> under a different name, but I was too dim to recognize him
> until it
> was point out on this list.
> What am I missing? Fred Otash turns up in both the L.A.
> Quartet and
> American Tabloid, but he was a real guy, so I don't think that
> counts.

Okay, the Pelecanos characters, right. Did Bill Pronzini's Nameless team up with Marcia Muller's Sharon McCrone in a book? And Richard Prather's Shell Scott appeared with Stephen Marlowe's Chester Drum in DOUBLE TROUBLE. That's a bit more than a casual meeting.


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