your Block selection is certainly right on the money. the Scudder novel that precedes it, 8 Million Ways to Die would fall into the category as well
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I just don't have one.
From: davidcorbett622 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Mon, May 10, 2010 8:11 am
Subject: RARA-AVIS: Query for the Choir: Ed McBain, John D. MacDonald, Lawrence Block, Others
I've been leading a reading group at my local indie books store for the past few
years named "High Crimes," dedicated to reading crime fiction with literary
merit or literary fiction that deals with crime. Wwe just read Tana French's IN
THE WOODS for example, and are now reading Dan Fesperman's THE PRISONER OF
GUANTANAMO, and have read everyone from Kate Atkinson to Charles Willeford to
Richard Price to James Lee Burke etc. For a complete list, go here:
Here's my question for the group: I now want to turn my attention to a few
classic writers in the genre who are not just long-standing favorites but who
have contributed particular books that rightly can be called masterpieces.
I'm starting with McBain, MacDonald and Block for selfish reasons -- I am
woefully under-read on each of them and would like to "catch up." I've
provisionally picked the following three books, but I'd like input on choices
members of the group might make.
THE GREEN RIPPER, John D. MacDonald
HARK!, by Ed McBain
WHEN THE SACRED GINMILL CLOSES, Lawrence Block
Thanks a million in advance,
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