RARA-AVIS: Re: McBain / John D. MacDonald and Ross MacDonald

From: Todd Mason (foxbrick@yahoo.com)
Date: 23 Jul 2010

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    --- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, Jack Bludis <buildsnburns@...> wrote:
    > I had John D. ranked with Hammett and Chandler for years until I reread some of John D. MacDonald. Nope, not even close, but my opinion is that John D. is as good as, if not better than Ross MacDonald, who never passed up a metaphor or simile, no matter how awful, complex, or unnecessary.
    > Chandler got in, got out, and got on with it.

    Chandler was consistently on the edge of purple. Usually, I don't mind, but to damn Ross Macdonald as you do an then turn around and praise Chandler for concision rather varies, I have to say, from my experience of the work in question.

    Todd Mason

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