Re: RARA-AVIS: Small Crimes

From: Nathan Cain (
Date: 05 Mar 2010

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    Wait till you read Pariah.

    On Fri, Mar 5, 2010 at 8:57 AM, Peter Enfantino <>wrote:

    > I've been lurking for a couple months and, unfortunately, have very little
    > time on my hands to post but when I saw the name of Dave Zeltserman this
    > morning, I just had to shout out. I just finished Small Crimes (it was
    > recommended when I bought a novel by Ken Bruen on Amazon) this week and was
    > (almost literally) blown away. Mr. Zeltserman, you've created a minor
    > classic here (I hope that comes across correctly!). It's the best novel Jim
    > Thompson never wrote. I don't want to include spoilers here just in case...
    > but your descriptions of how your main character takes one step up and two
    > steps back in the morals department and mentally justifies it the whole way
    > through kept me turning the pages late into the night. I read quite a bit of
    > crime fiction but tend to concentrate mainly on the fifties output (Manhunt
    > Magazine and Gold Medals) because I find today's mystery fiction, for the
    > most part, watered down and saccharine. Your Small Crimes could easily have
    > been published in 1953 by Lion Books with a beautiful Maguire cover. And
    > that's the biggest compliment I can pay a writer. I look forward to picking
    > up your other novels.
    > Peter Enfantino

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