Re: RARA-AVIS: My take on Block

From: jacquesdebierue (
Date: 19 Dec 2007

Block seems to be one of the most mysterious personalities among the great modern crime writers... If I try to figure out the person from the books (which is something the reader does almost unconsciously), I come up with aspects: great knowledge of arcana, wicked sense of humor, great virtuosity with the pen, the ability to be as hardboiled as anybody, a sense of aesthetics, a lurid side. He comes across as a half dozen writers put together. Curiously, I don't get that impression with Westlake, who also has written very different types of books. In animal terms, Westlake comes across clearly as the fox. Block, I can't place.



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