RE: RARA-AVIS: Dust Devils and more

From: Ron Clinton (
Date: 18 Mar 2010

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    > Behalf Of tomarmstrongmusic
    > I just finished "Dust Devils" by James Reasoner. Wow, what a terrific
    read. The
    > first chapter or two I thought it was going to be something like a Simenon
    > dur, as it reminded me of the beginning of "The Widow", but then a guy
    > through a door with a gun and it turns into something else entirely. The
    rest of the
    > way it has flavors that reminded me of some of my faves. The freudian
    > between the two lovers on the run was Jim Thompson-ish, the caper action
    in the
    > middle stands with the best of Richard Stark, and the Texas setting and
    > nihilism of some of the characters reminded me of "No Country for Old
    > Really good stuff. This guy can write, and I wish he'd do more in 'our'

    Couldn't agree more on all the above -- an outstanding read. I was so taken with it, I picked up TEXAS WIND, which Ed Gorman and others have raved about. It was quite good, but I'm still much more enamored with DUST DEVILS. He has a short story collection out entitled OLD TIMES' SAKE which collects many of his Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine stories...good stuff.

    Ron C.

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