a buddy of mine finally wore me down and got me to reading Charles Bukowski and John Fante, both of whom I had resisted for a long long time and neither of whom have much of anything to do with this list. so I have been more immersed in that and haven't been posting.
but I did recently read George V. Higgins first two books, "Eddie Coyle" and "Digger's Game" and I liked them both. I almost like "Digger" better than "Coyle" which is probably an unpopular opinion but so what. I loved Digger's ambiguous ending. I found the 'all dialog, all the time' style kind of exhausting but they were good reads. kind of like more gangland versions of Richard Price, in the way violence flows directly from character. what can you do with a guy like the Greek? I plan to read "Cogan's trade" when I find it, and then I think I'll be sorta done with Higgins for a while.
and I picked up the first three Factory novels by Derek Raymond, ballantine trade pb copies from the 80s. so I'll be tackling those sometime soon.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Jack Bludis <buildsnburns@...> wrote:
> Can anyone explain the slow and now nearly rapid decline of Rara-Avis. It can't just be blamed on the summer, can it?
> Maybe we need a good old, what is noir what is hardboiled conflict to liven things up.
> Jack Bludis
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