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Sent: Wednesday, June 17, 2009 2:45 PM
Subject: RARA-AVIS: Lewis Shiner
I'm halfway through Lewis Shiner's Black and White and am curious if he has
any readers on this list. I'm interested in reading more by him. I've
learned that he is a friend of Joe Lansdale and there are some similarities
in their storytelling style.
Incidentally, I picked up the book based on a blurb from Jonathan Lethem.
Lew wrote some good private eye stories for MSMM early in his career, both
on his own and in collaboration with Joe. If I'm remembering correctly,
Larry Shaw, who took over as editor between Sam Merwin Jr. and Chuck Fritch,
really liked one of the stories by Lew and Joe and wanted it to be the first
of a series. But Shaw's editorial tenure lasted about a blink of an eye (I
never had any contact with him at all, and I was writing most of the Shayne
stories by then), so those plans never came about. About ten years ago, all
those PI stories were collected in a book called PRIVATE EYE ACTION AS YOU
LIKE IT. It's long out of print, of course, and you could probably buy the
individual issues of MSMM with the stories in them cheaper than you could
buy the collection. I'm woefully behind on reading Lew's stuff, but he's a
good guy and a fine writer.
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