Don't get me wrong, I'm also glad Hard Case published Wounded and the Slain. And I enjoyed it well enough, but I found it one of his lesser books.
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> yeah I liked "wounded & slain" too, and don't really get all the hate for it. it's maybe too obviously Freudian, with the wife character having to relive her trauma to overcome it. but I enjoyed that book and was very glad that Hard Case made it available again.
> I remember not really digging "cassidy's girl" so much. wasn't that the one where the guy crashed the bus...twice? it just seemed silly. but a lot of Goodis is silly if you want to look at it that way. he still has that weird power.
> and his last book "somebody's done for" is decent. not "street of no return" awesome, but still pretty good.
> Tom Armstrong
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Allan Guthrie" <allan@...> wrote:
> > And BEHOLD THIS WOMAN, a very early one, is his worst.
> > THE WOUNDED AND THE SLAIN is one of my favourites, though, so you might well
> > like BEHOLD THIS WOMAN.
> > Al
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> > From: "Ron Clinton" <clinton65@...>
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> > Subject: RE: RARA-AVIS: Where have you gone Rara-Avis (Brewer)
> > > Not a fall, per se, and I probably overstated that by comparing him to
> > > Brewer, but certainly an uneven finish. THE WOUNDED AND SLAIN and FIRE IN
> > > THE FLESH, for example, are two later books that are far cries from the
> > > brilliance of his earlier work. Having said that, as you rightly point
> > > out,
> > > THE BLONDE ON THE STREET CORNER and SHOOT THE PIANO PLAYER/DOWN THERE
> > > sandwiched these two lesser works, and both are quite good. His final
> > > one,
> > > SOMEBODY'S DONE FOR, was a generally unremarkable capstone, but certainly
> > > better than WOUNDED and FIRE. So again -- yes, more uneven a career end
> > > than a linear decline.
> > >
> > > Ron C.
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