Re: RARA-AVIS: Top Rated HCC titles on

From: Nathan Cain (
Date: 19 May 2008

No love for Straight Cut? That's one of my favorites. I also like Bell's Dr. Sleep, about a hypnotist in London who suffers from insomnia. Pretty dense stuff, but good. I'd have to agree with Dead Street and The Colorado Kid, though. The former I couldn't finish, and the latter made me wondered why I'd finished it.

On Mon, May 19, 2008 at 5:47 PM, Jeff Vorzimmer
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> Here are the top-rated Hard Case Crime novels on I've been
> watching the ratings for about six months and they haven't changed much,
> except with new releases such as Charles' and Christa Faust's, which debuted
> in the top ten. The rating is a five star system.
> Songs of Innocence Richard Aleas 4.11
> A Touch of Death Charles Williams 4.05
> Little Girl Lost Richard Aleas 3.94
> The Wounded and the Slain David Goodis 3.90
> Say It with Bullets Richard Powell 3.88
> The Vengeful Virgin Gil Brewer 3.85
> Fade to Blonde Max Phillips 3.83
> Money Shot Christa Faust 3.81
> The Girl with the Long Green Heart Lawrence Block 3.80
> The Gutter and the Grave Ed McBain 3.74
> Here are the bottom five:
> Dead Street Mickey Spillane 3.04
> Witness to Myself Seymour Shubin 3.00
> The Colorado Kid Stephen King 2.90
> The Guns of Heaven Pete Hamill 2.81
> Straight Cut Madison Smartt Bell 2.70
> Jeff

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