Re: RARA-AVIS: Long-running series

From: Brian Thornton (
Date: 25 Aug 2008

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    Kevin wrote:

    "And for that matter, what other long-running series come to mind?

    Well there are the obvious ones:

    John D. MacDonald wrote, what? 25 Travis McGee novels?

    Parker's Spenser series must be close to the big "four-oh" by now.

    And Ross MacDonald's Lew Archer series ran twenty-one (I think) books over twenty-seven years.

    And that seems right to me. After all, MacDonald's books are twice as good as anything Parker's written (since the guy doesn't even do second drafts anymore, if in fact he ever did), so it strikes me as fitting that he wrote half-as many series books.



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