Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Recent finds on opposite sides of the continent

Date: 12 Apr 2008

Mario wrote:

"You really think he's that influential? I know he sells a lot of books, and there was a successful television series, but I rarely find anybody who confesses to being a fan."

I think that's his influence. His popularity resurrected the market for PI fiction, leading to the publication of lots of great '70s and '80s PI writers like Kantner, Lewin, Paretsky, Grafton (well, I'm not much of a fan of hers), Barnes, Roberts, Crumley, Solomon, etc, etc.

And although I got tired of and stopped reading him, the first few Spenser books are good reads. And he pioneered the psycho sidekick used by Schutz, Mosley, Lehane, and so many others.


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