RE: RARA-AVIS: Re: Ed McBain

From: Patrick King (
Date: 05 Jan 2010

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    Your loss. He's ten times the writer Block was at Block's best.

    Patrick King

    --- On Tue, 1/5/10, Ron Clinton <> wrote:

    From: Ron Clinton <> Subject: RE: RARA-AVIS: Re: Ed McBain To: Date: Tuesday, January 5, 2010, 10:26 AM



          I enjoy McBain's short fiction (though not nearly as much as Block's) and

    his early pseudonymous stand-alones (and a few of his McBain stand-alones) ,

    but have yet to read any of his 87th Precinct series. Since I tend to have

    an aversion to series (and, increasingly, detective fiction), I probably

    never will.

    Ron C.


    > -----Original Message-----

    > From: rara-avis-l@ yahoogroups. com [mailto:rara-avis-l@ yahoogroups. com] On

    > Behalf Of logan keith (keith)

    > Sent: Tuesday, January 05, 2010 7:15 AM

    > To: rara-avis-l@ yahoogroups. com

    > Subject: RARA-AVIS: Re: Ed McBain


    > I've never really read McBain, maybe a book or two many many years ago.

    But last

    > week I picked up LEARNING TO KILL, a collection of his early works. This


    > almost exactly a year after loving Lawrence Block's ONE NIGHT STANDS &


    > WEEKENDS, a collection of his early works. I am hoping for a comparable

    > experience.


    > Technically the stories may not be very good, but I am eager to see how

    his chops

    > develop over the course of the collection. Sort of an anthropological look

    at crime

    > fiction!


    > Best, Keith Logan



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