RARA-AVIS: Re: Welcome to John Shannon

From: Kevin Burton Smith ( kvnsmith@thrillingdetective.com)
Date: 22 Jan 2008

Oh, crap! Shannon's here?

I'm outta here...

No, this should be really good. John brings a very different and original voice to hard-boiled detective fiction; a real Frankenstein of a voice. A little DAY OF THE LOCUSTS, a little Dennis Lynds, a little Tom Joad, a little Chandler and Ross Macdonald and a lot of what is uniquely, undeniably, unapologetically pure Shannon. Oh, and Nancy Drew.

No, really...

His detective is Jack Liffey, a turfed-out aerospace worker who now finds lost children. LA is his stomping ground, and nobody else does the City of Angels the way John does: culture by culture, neighbourhood by neighbourhood, fallen angel by fallen angel. It's a big, constantly shifting, noirish kaleidoscope of things that don't quite work right.

Any of you guys out there who haven't read any of John's books should really check 'em out.

I highly recommend them all, but don't let that stop you.

Welcome, John.

Tell 'em about the new one coming up.

Kevin Burton Smith The Thrilling Detective Web Site 10 Years of P.I. Thrills

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