> By the way, does anybody have any suggestions
> on Lionel White books? I read Clean Break
> (otherwise known as The Killing) and dug that.
Sadly, nothing else White wrote ever came close to the high standard he
set in CLEAN BREAK. Not even remotely. A few of his caper novels have
decent plots, but they also suffer from the author's slightly creepy
attachment to writing rape (or near-rape) scenes that are clearly meant
to be arousing for the reader, or at least seem to have been so for the
writer, and his tendency to paint black and Mexican characters with the
crudest of brushstrokes. (Best of all, of course, are the cases where
he combines these two.) I'm the last person on earth to be, or ask
others to be, PC, but I find myself wincing in embarrassment when I read
much of White's stuff. It's one of the reasons there hasn't been a
White novel in our line.
But THE KILLING is outstanding. No question about that.
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