Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Allan Guthrie's Top 200 Noirs

From: William Ahearn (
Date: 22 Dec 2007

--- Patrick King <> wrote:

> The 87th Precinct novel are oposite of this in every
> respect. The stories resolve in a completely
> different
> way than the reader might expect them to in the
> beginning of the book.

I agree -- although I think Patrick overstates it some what. The 87th Precinct series is the only series that I can read consistently. In a way there is a sameness and yet they remain different enough. Most series turn into soap operas or predictable spins down the same old road after the third installment or so. To be completely honest, I'm not a fan of Evan Hunter's work or the Matthew Hope series which shows McBain (or Hunter) really wasn't committed to it and said as much in an interview.

The last several 87ths aren't so hot. The other 40 or so are good reads.


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