Re: RARA-AVIS: Definitions

From: Joy Matkowski (
Date: 19 Nov 2009

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    You talked me into trying Melo, but I picked In Praise of Lies, with a herpetologist. Joy

    Allan Guthrie wrote:
    > Has anyone mentioned Patricia Melo? I only recently discovered her and while
    > the two books of hers that I've read aren't noir by Jim's definition, not
    > having a sinister atmosphere, they're utterly dripping with it by mine. The
    > two I've read are THE KILLER and LOST WORLD, set in a Brazil that's
    > amazingly corrupt at every turn, and narrated by the most realistically
    > drawn contract killer I can think of. The books are superbly
    > non-judgemental. Stylistically, she's got that John McFetridge thing going
    > on, where dialogue and narrative blend together. Outstanding stuff.

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