Wow, you didn't like High Priest Of California? One of the best books of the genre, I thought. Almost trumps Jim Thompson. Elmore Leonard, on the other hand, leaves me pretty cold.
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From: Patrick King
Sent: Saturday, October 17, 2009 22:56
Subject: Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: John D.
Yeah, I think I would rather read Harry Whittington or Charles Williams, neither of whom wrote a bad book,
If you feel this way, Don't for God's sake, read Whittington's YOU'LL DIE NEXT. One of the worst books I read last year. It's so absurd, in the midst of the mayhem, it's actually funny. Unfortunately it was my first venture into his work, so have not been inclined to read anything else by him. The first book I read by Charles Willeford, on the other hand, was MIAMI BLUES, which I loved, reminded me of Elmore Leonard at his best. So I read THE WOMAN CHASER, THE HIGH PRIEST OF CALIFORNIA, WILD WIVES, & HONEY GAL, looking for the same high. Didn't find it. I thought the other books were awful.
I, too, prefer to read writers I can rely on for at least a good read.
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