At 10/23/2009, tomarmstrongmusic wrote:
>Probably old news to a lot of youse guys on here, but dang, Lionel
>White's "The Big Caper" is terrific. I just finished it yesterday.
>It's got just about everything you could ask for in a Gold Medal.
Saw the high praise for "The Killing," picked up a copy. (Kudos to
the publisher for keeping it in print.)
Came away disappointed. Can see how Kubrick would want to film it,
especially the race track scene. My feeling - "You wrote 175 pages
just so you could have a cutesy line at the end?"
On the other hand, I've been devouring Ken Bruen. Yes, he's
inconsistent. Yes, Jack Taylor is not completely credible. Yes, he
has a (bad) habit of ending the novels with cliffhanger.
On the other hand, I find them eminently readable, like all the local
culture and literary allusions, and dig the two part dialogue - the
part that's in the protagonist's head and the part that he really
says. All quick reads for me.
Comment - I like "why dunnit" stories better than "who dunnit."
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