Re: RARA-AVIS: The Laughing Policeman

From: Stewart Wilson (
Date: 24 Apr 2008

I read the series, mostly in order, (though starting with TPL). It is worth reading in order if you can, both for the character development and the increasing social commentary as the series progresses. One of my favourite series. Cheers,

On Thu, Apr 24, 2008 at 6:33 PM, Nathan Cain <> wrote:
> I watched The Laughing Policeman with the usually avuncular Walter
> Matthau playing an obsessed detective and Bruce Dern as his parter
> last night. It was an interesting film, even if the plot seemed kind
> of thin. I was impressed with the way it portrayed San Francisco. It
> was a very gritty portrayal, with the extras seeming like real people
> as opposed to actors pretending to be real people. There was a scene
> in a gay bar that would probably raise some eyebrows even today. The
> city depiction of the city seemed seedier and more believable than it
> does in say, Dirty Harry or Bullitt. I also liked the naturalistic way
> they handled the filming. People speak over each other, as they would
> in real life, and the soundtrack is minimal. Most of the noise is real
> background noise. I know the movie is based on a novel by a husband
> and wife team of Swedish authors who did a ten book series about
> Swedish detectives. I know TLP won an Edgar, and I wonder if it is any
> good, or if any other books in the series are worth reading?
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Stewart Wilson
Toronto, ON

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