RARA-AVIS: Re: Hard Case Crime

From: ejmd (ejmd__@ntlworld.com)
Date: 04 Sep 2009

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    I should've realised I would've got recommendations than I could keep up with, but thanks for the responses.

    I think, having sifted through the replies, I'll give Westlake's /361/ a go. It's not something I would have thought of trying, but Dave Zeltserman and Mark Sullivan have recommended it, so I'll add it to my mental to-get list of HCC titles, along with Woolrich's /Fright/, which has a great HCC cover. Jon Bassoff, Ron C. and others mentioned both Day Keene's /Home is the Sailor/ and Russel Hill's /Robbie's Wife /so I'll be trying to sneak them into the house too, probably as a second batch.

    I can't remember reading any Max Alan Collins but I'm sure I have as I also associate Collins with what Jeff Vorzimmer succinctly described as
    "comic-bookish" (although I do read comics--and I prefer that term to
    "graphic novels"). I think at the moment, having not long ago read Charles William's /Mix Yourself A Redhead/ (you can see how I spent the summer!) I'm looking for "older" titles, or reprints thereof, rather than contemporary HB or noir.

    I'm currently reading Brewer's /13 French Street/; I'm quite keen to get to /The Murderer Vine/, so I'll probably do that before going back to Brewer's /The Red Scarf.
    / Thanks for all the replies: I'll report back later--I hope I don't have to wait until the Christmas holidays before I can get stuck in to a few more paperbacks.


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