RE: RARA-AVIS: Small Crimes

From: Ron Clinton (
Date: 06 Sep 2008

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    I picked up SMALL CRIMES (Serpent's Tail, UK) last weekend, and I'm looking forward to reading it very soon. I read FAST LANE a few weeks ago and enjoyed it, and I understand from Dave he's even more pleased with this one.

    Ron C.

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    > Behalf Of Nathan Cain
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    > Subject: RARA-AVIS: Small Crimes
    > I just finished Dave Zeltserman's Small Crimes this morning, and it's
    > my favorite book of the year so far as new fiction goes. Zeltserman's
    > small town bad cop noir obviously owes a lot to Jim Thompson, but it
    > ends up being more than an imitation because the only person
    > Zeltserman's protagonist is fooling is himself. Everyone else seems to
    > have him figured out. Since it's in first person and the narrator is
    > unreliable the reader has to rely on external cues to try and figure
    > out to what extent the main character is deceiving himself. It's a
    > very effective technique for keeping the book interesting. If it had
    > been more straightforward the story would have had less impact. All in
    > all a well told tale.
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