RARA-AVIS: Re: My take on Block

From: JIM DOHERTY ( jimdohertyjr@yahoo.com)
Date: 20 Dec 2007

I can't say I disagree with the criticisms leveled at DEADLY HONEYMOON. I also wondered why the bad guys didn't simply kill the young couple once they'd had their fun, and the detective and combat skills the newlyweds instantly developed did stretch credibility.

Nonetheless, I found it fast-moving, readable, and professionally constructed. I also found the basic situation compelling. Not my favorite his work, but, as is almost always the case with Block, an enjoyable read.

I'm wondering why there's been so little comment on Block's short fiction during this month and the last. I mentioned here that I found his award-winning Scudder short story, "By the Dawn's Early Light," superior to the expanded novel-length version, WHEN THE SACRED GINMILL CLOSES. Did anyone else have the same reaction?


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