Re: RARA-AVIS: Greenleaf's BOOK CASE

From: Ed Lynskey (
Date: 10 Aug 2008

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    Some time ago, I did an interview and essay on Stephen Greenleaf's P.I. books:

    IIRC, Greenleaf uses a literary style and tone in all of his P.I. books. I don't remember him varying his style for the sake of plot or setting, but it's been a while since I read them. I know he consciously used Ross Macdonald as a model. My favorite of the series is #2, DEATH BED.

    It's too bad he ended the series.

    Ed Lynskey

    -- On Sun, 8/10/08, <> wrote:
    > I came
    > across Stephen Greenleaf's BOOK CASE. I only recently
    > started reading
    > it and the first thing that struck me right away is his
    > frequent use of
    > what could be described as fairly esoteric terminology in
    > his
    > narration. I also noticed that this 'affectation'
    > is largely
    > restricted to the narration and mostly absent from the
    > dialog itself.
    > BOOK CASE is my first foray into Greenleaf's work, so
    > is the use of
    > fancy words a stylistic choice specific to BOOK CASE, given
    > it's
    > literary setting, or is this fairly typical of
    > Greenleaf's work? If
    > the former is true, then does Greenleaf make a habit of
    > adopting
    > specifc stylistic traits as a function of setting or plot?


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