> We suffer from the new century malady: we need young people. You youngsters who are out there and like to sneak a noir book now and then, come here. The officers want to have a chat with you!
When I joined this list, I felt a bit like a youngster. Not so much anymore.
Since April, I've been filling the gaps of books I've missed from Willeford (previously, I'd only read the Hoke books, Shark-Infested Custard and Pick-up) and Thompson (previously, I'd only read The Getaway and The Killer Inside Me).
Of the batch I've read so far, Pop. 1280 and The Burnt Orange Heresy are masterpieces. I've also read two from the Dortmunder series (I need to space these out more in the future) and The Godwulf Manuscript to honor the late RBP.
Also, Roy mentioned the Reacher series, and I did read the first installment simply because there was a paperback copy in the guest room where I spent a vacation a while back. No complaints. I tend to gravitate more toward protagonists like Scudder or Lew Griffin, so this was a nice change of pace. I'm sure I'll read the rest of the series, but I'm not racing to do so.
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