Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: occult PIs

From: Patrick King (
Date: 10 Jun 2008

--- On Tue, 6/10/08, jacquesdebierue <> wrote:

I'm a Bellem fan and I've never gotten tired of his brilliantly inept stories. Whatever he needs, he brings into the story. If an evil dwarf will wrap it up, he creates one, and if the evil dwarf needs to be the incestuous son of the villain, he makes him one. He's often compared to Prather, but Prather was realistic, relatively speaking. Bellem was out there. To speak of bad writing is to miss the point of his comic genius.
************************************************************************ I recently re-read BAD BOY and POP. 1280 by Jim Thompson. Now that's noir comic genius! I wonder if Bellem wasn't plain Leslie Bellem, a girl who wanted to break into fiction at a time when only guys were selling, so she created this macho spoof. BLUE MURDER has got to be the worst book I ever read. How it got published is completely beyond me. He certainly didn't work from an outline!

Patrick King


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