RARA-AVIS: Re: Block-McBain

From: jacquesdebierue (jacquesdebierue@yahoo.com)
Date: 05 Jan 2010

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    --- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, "James Michael Rogers" <jeddak5@...> wrote:
    > As a matter of personal taste, I just flat out don't care for Lawrence Block. Dates back to when I was a kid and he was an unavoidable presence in EQMM, I think. Plus sometimes he strikes me as a bit preachy-touchy-feely in that Ross MacDonald way.
    > I believe McBain/Hunter is a true hot shot. I can't say he's under-rated because, in his Evan Hunter persona, he isn't. But we probably haven't talked about him enough here. I don't really think he's HB, per se, but he certainly borrowed some of that sensibility on occasion.

    Many of his procedurals are hardboiled, but since he aims for realism, the tone is less over the top than in other writers.



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