Re: RARA-AVIS: Block and Vachss

From: Nathan Cain (
Date: 04 Nov 2007

I noticed the same thing when I read Boneyard a year or so ago. As for
"inspired," I don't know. It may just be coincidence. It's entirely possible that two writers can come up with similar ideas at roughly the same time. And I may be wrong, but I think Boneyard was Motley's first and last appearance.
  And, for what it's worth, Blue Belle, was the apex of the Burke series. It's been all downhill from there.

On 11/4/07, Curt Purcell <> wrote:
> Is it just me, or does the villain in Block's TICKET TO THE BONEYARD
> (1990) seem "inspired" by the villain Mortay in Andrew Vachss's BLUE
> BELLE (1988)? Both have freakishly elongated features and physiques,
> both have weird and spooky martial arts talents, and their pain/death
> fetishes seem quite similar. Was James Leo Motley mentioned in any
> previous Scudder novels, or is he introduced in BONEYARD?

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