Re: RARA-AVIS: My 2007

From: Robert Sankner (
Date: 05 Jan 2008


I agree about the disappointment CCDP turned out to be. I had to force myself to keep reading it since I spent the money for it.I'm glad to see that it wasn't just me.

--- Juri Nummelin <> wrote:

> The strongest novel I read during the last year was
> Richard Matheson's I AM
> LEGEND from 1954 that was translated in Finnish for
> the first time. It's
> hardboiled and it's noir and I really think everyone
> on this list should
> read it, even though it's also science fiction and
> horror. Forget the films.
> Other noirish and hardboiledish novels I enjoyed
> during 2007:
> Allan Guthrie: HARD MAN
> Sean Chercover: BIG CITY, BAD BLOOD
> Kevin Wignall: WHO IS CONRAD HIRST? (without
> Matheson, this would be the
> book of the year), also Kevin's AMONG THE DEAD
> Reed Farrel Coleman: THE JAMES DEANS
> a collection of Leigh Brackett's Mars stories
> Stephen Greenleaf: GRAVE ERROR
> H.A. DeRosso: .44 (perhaps the noirest Western novel
> ever written, very much
> like David Goodis)
> I also might add that Marquis de Sade's JUSTINE is
> just as chilling as any
> noir novel and qualifies as a crime novel. Not
> hardboiled in the sense of
> "colloquial", though.
> One of the most important things on the publishing
> front in Finnish was that
> Stephen Crane's Western short stories were
> translated for the first time in
> a nice collection. Some might detect pre-noir tones
> in them.
> The major disappointment of the year was Paul
> Malmont's hyped THE CHINATOWN
> Juri

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