Re: RARA-AVIS: Rara Avis top 50 Crime Fiction Writers

From: jacquesdebierue (
Date: 25 Apr 2008

--- In, "Jeff Vorzimmer" <jvorzimmer@...> wrote:
> > 3) Charles Willeford 317
> > 16) John D. Macdonald 120
> Willeford seems to be steadily gaining favor on the list, while JDM is
> falling out.

Curiously, Willeford has become a lot better known since his death. I would say that the opposite happened to John D., even though he remains in print and presumably continues to have readers. It's hard to compare those two. Willeford was a true original, whereas John D. was more of a composite of crime-writing traditions. Fortunately, we can read both. John D. at his best is very engaging -- and at his worst, he is merely humid.



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