RARA-AVIS: Re: Gil Brewer's newest Stark House twofer (Part II)

From: jacquesdebierue ( jacquesdebierue@yahoo.com)
Date: 22 Mar 2008

--- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, DJ-Anonyme@... wrote:

> Of course, it's possible to push it too far. As much as I like Goodis,
> parts of Dark Passage are so ridiculous they completely pulled me out of
> the story, for instance, the cab driver who recognized the escaped
> conivict, assumed he had been framed AND just happened to know a a
> discrete plastic surgeon. Come on. Don't know why I went on to read
> another Goodis (probably wouldn't have if this hadn't been one of four
> in a Black Box anthology), but I'm very glad I did, as he's now one of
> my very favorites (even though some of the others also have some pretty
> bad coincidences, just not that bad).

I thought _The Burglar_ was a low point for Goodis, and it did discourage me from reading him, but then I ran into _Cassidy's Girl_ and my trust was restored. I have even reread _The Burglar_... which has gotten a bit better in the meantime. It must be the principle of aging meat.



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