Re: RARA-AVIS: Piccirilli (was: Re: Jack O'Connell's top 10 books of 2008)

From: Sandra Ruttan (
Date: 09 Jan 2009

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    I also read it not realizing it was the start of a series, so some of these thoughts have come long after the fact, and made me take a second look at the book. I am curious. I liked Chase. I hope it doesn't falter on the motivations and unresolved revenge issues.

    It is a balancing act to deal with series characters who are quite messed up. It's something I've had to consider a lot recently, for my new book, so it may also be affecting my thinking. I know I put a lot of pressure on myself to make sure the motivations are believable, and that the emotional issues are addressed and brought to a logical resolution, or left unresolved if that's what's most likely in the scenario, and it may be one of those things that has become such a sticking point for me in my own work that it jumps out at me when I'm reading. In the case of Chase, I'm not sure how I would pull it off, so I'm quite curious to see how Pic will handle it.

    Cheers, Sandra

    On Fri, Jan 9, 2009 at 2:10 PM, <> wrote:
    > Interesting post, Sandra. And I must admit that I didn't realize Cold
    > Spot was part of a series until I finished it, so I read it as a
    > standalone. As you note, that's a different reading experience. Still,
    > I'm looking forward the next. It will be interesting to see if Chase's
    > future motivations will be believeable. The unresolved revenge issue
    > will only go so far, and will start seeming really contrived if it's
    > raised but left hanging in book after book.
    > You also raise interesting points about series in general. Those issues
    > really come up in terms of Bruen's Jack Taylor series. How do you keep
    > a character like that right on the edge, screwed but still functioning,
    > book after book? It takes quite a balancing act.
    > Series that revolve around jobs (or careers) don't have to get over this
    > issue. A cop like Rebus will have another case, even a PI (though that
    > adds some credibility issues when they get involved with murders,
    > perhaps why fictional PIs seem more and more to specialize in missing
    > persons cases, or bodyguarding, which often lead to murders they're
    > supposed to butt out of, but never do). A career criminal like Parker
    > will pull another caper.

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