Re: RARA-AVIS: Disturbing Novels

From: Nathan Cain (
Date: 30 Jun 2008

Allan Guthrie's Hard Man was pretty disturbing. His new one, Savage Night, which I haven't finished yet, also qualifies.

On Mon, Jun 30, 2008 at 2:03 AM, jacquesdebierue
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> --- In, DJ-Anonyme@... wrote:
>> Mario,
>> Is Word Made Flesh the first novel of O'Connell's you read? Wow,
>> they're all dark, but that's by far the darkest. I recently picked up a
>> used copy of the first, Box Nine, to introduce a friend to the series.
>> He became intrigued when I rambled on about it one day, and he doesn't
>> usually read crime fiction, doesn't read much fiction of any kind.
> Actually, I had read about a third of Box Nine, but the reading was
> aborted by a trip and I never finished it. The reason I didn't pick it
> up again is that right after the return trip I got ahold of Michael
> Pollan's _The Omnivore's Dilemma_, which absorbed me quite a bit. A
> disturbing nonfiction book... about the corn economy, meat and what we
> eat. Very disturbing. If Mel Brooks ever gets around to writing a
> musical on this subject, the song "Cornholed by Corn" will be as big a
> hit as "Springtime for Hitler". Anyway, I'm donating the idea.
>> And thanks for pointing out the short story. I didn't know he had any.
>> I'll have to check it out.
> I just looked it up in the shelves. It's in the 2004 edition of Best
> American Mystery Stories (edited by Nelson DeMille). The story is _The
> Swag at Doc Hawthorne's_. By the way, that volume also has fine
> stories by raravians Dich Lochte and Rob Kantner.
> Best,
> mrt

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