Re: RARA-AVIS: Donald Hamilton revisited

From: Jeff Vorzimmer (
Date: 06 May 2009

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    > Yes, and it's full of incredibly dubious and triplicitous characters... These novels are like Parker novels except that Helm is not a thief. A single-minded and wholly hardboiled protagonist. The advantage of having such a character-centered series is that many of the incidentals, which might seem dated, don't matter so much. The thing is to follow Helm and see if he can do it.

    I never was able to get into the Helm series. Maybe it's cause I saw Dean Martin as Helm before I ever got around to reading the books. Maybe it's just that the character just never clicked with me. I never got into Travis McGee either. But I like both author's non-series books.


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