RARA-AVIS: Re: RARA AVIS should do a list!

From: Gonzalo Baeza ( gbaeza@gmail.com)
Date: 18 Apr 2008

I'd add Dan Marlowe and Harry Whittington there. How about Dennis Lehane?

I like Jason Starr but have only read his latest novel. Is he good enough to be ranked with the classics? I don't know as I haven't read enough of him. He did remind me of Jim Thompson and that's a good sign.

Since Manuel Vᳱuez Montalbᮠwas included in the original list, I'd also add another great Spanish crime fiction author: Francisco Gonzᬥz Ledesma.

I'm also tempted to add James Reasoner but he hasn't written enough crime fiction novels, has he? Likewise, in a couple more years and provided that he keeps writing good books, I'd probably feel comfortable adding Charlie Huston to the mix.

-Gonzalo B. saddlebums.blogspot.com

--- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, "jacquesdebierue"
<jacquesdebierue@...> wrote:
> --- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, "Dave Zeltserman" <dz@> wrote:
> >
> > I need something to distract me from my current book (at that
> > where it's a bit like pulling teeth--will get better after pushing
> > through another 50 pages or so). People here want to email me
> > top 25 crime fiction writers by midnight next Thursday, I'll
tally it
> > up using MVP-type voting (1st place votes get 25 points, 2nd
place 24
> > points, etc.), and I'll post the top 50 results here.
> >
> Here is mine (I put a premium on originality and I'm picking
> hardboiled and noir) as of today:
> Raymond Chandler
> Dashiell Hammett
> Charles Willeford
> Donald Westlake
> Ross Thomas
> Elmore Leonard
> Chester Himes
> Georges Simenon
> James Cain
> Nathanael West
> Jim Thompson
> Cornell Woolrich
> Jason Starr
> David Goodis
> Gil Brewer
> Lawrence Block
> James Ellroy
> Newton Thornburg
> Michael Connelly
> Walter Mosley
> Patricia Highsmith
> James Sallis
> K.C. Constantine
> William Campbell Gault
> Ross Macdonald
> Best,
> mrt

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