Re: RARA-AVIS: Language and storytelling

Date: 22 Nov 2007

In a message dated 11/22/07 2:34:42 PM, writes:
> I think that for suspense, Michael Connelly has to rank very high, and
> not just among his contemporaries. Here's a guy who, from his first
> book, seems to have all the technical tricks under his belt, including
> how to create unbearable suspense. I don't rank him as high in other
> aspects (characterization, for example), but for suspense, he's just
> plain great. I am not saying that suspense is the most important
> ingredient for a great hardboiled or noir novel, but it's a necessary
> ingredient... or else ZZZZZZZZ.

Connelly's plotting skills take a backseat to no one as well

I had mentioned awhile back that I had put down Ken Bruen's The Guards because I got sidetracked by Terrill's Blonde Lightning. well, Bruen is a terrific stylist, but I finally gave up on the book because I could find no compelling reason to keep picking it back up and I have a lot of others piling up behind him. I started reading Connelly's The Overlook and I'm already halfway thru it. I even brought it to my brother's house to read while I was waiting for dinner to arrive at the table. yeah, I'm that sociable

there's not a better prose stylist than Chuck Palahniuk. and yet I stopped reading Choke with only 25 pages left to go. how compelling is that novel? entertaining perhaps, but c'mon. you need to tell a story, plain and simple. at least if you're writing crime fiction. it's actually where Elmore Leonard has fallen off in his later years

a guy who does both great: Don Winslow. at least in California Fire and Life. I've got another Winslow in my queue and it looks strong too

John Lau

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