Is anyone really surprised?
Here is James Ellroy from the New Author Introduction to the 1995 Arrow edition of Brown's Requiem.
"Brown's Requiem is heavily beholden to Raymond Chandler — an icon I've come to dislike quite a bit. Big Ray was a true original who created a truly original style that lazy-assed writers have been imitating with some success for many years. I owe Ray a two-fold debt: he got me going, and he showed me that imitating him was a dead-end street on GenreHack Boulevard."
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Patrick Kennedy <pbjk2004@...> wrote:
> Was anyone else here rendered less than gruntled by Ellroy's review of "Spade and Archer" during which he gratuitously seizes, or creates, an opportunity to take a sideswipe at Chandler? Chandler, apparently, is a 'florid gasbag' who is 'easy to imitate'.
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