The Taste of Ashes walks Chandler's territory as confidently as Marlowe himself.
Really one of the finest private eye novels ever.
Halo in Brass is good, but simply not in the same league.
Anybody read The Paper Gun? I believe that was Browne's last p.i. novel and that it appeared in hardcover but never paperback.
--- On Fri, 9/4/09, jacquesdebierue <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
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Date: Friday, September 4, 2009, 4:12 PM
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> --- In rara-avis-l@ yahoogroups. com, "davezeltserman" <Dave.Zeltserman@ > wrote:
> > Mark, I got The Taste for Ashes and Halo of Brass. You've got me more motivated to push them to the top of my TBR.
> A Taste for Ashes is remarkable, one of the best PI novels I have ever read. It is the great work of Howard Browne. The other novels are good, but this one is also original, not a Chandler imitation. The Browne short stories are also excellent, as is his late historical novel Pork City (1988) about Al Capone and other boys in Chicago.
OK, we both mangled the title. It's "The Taste of Ashes"...
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