Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Moratorium on serial murderer mysteries?

From: Larry Chavis (
Date: 19 Aug 2010

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      I haven't read BLACKBURN, but I agree with you on THE AX. This was one of the most frightening killers I've run across, precisely because he wasn't the stereotypical I-kill-because-my-momma-didn't-love-me types. A truly chilling book.

    Larry Chavis

    On 8/19/2010 3:59 PM, Ron Clinton wrote:
    > Actually, I take that back...Ellroy can have the sixth spot. I just
    > remembered a terrific serial killer book: Bradley Denton's BLACKBURN.
    > Loved
    > that book. Since BLACKBURN stretches the thematic confines of the serial
    > killer novel, I'll throw out another one that does as well and, like
    > BLACKBURN, is highly recommended: Westlake's THE AX. Like Jimmy Blackburn,
    > Westlake's protagonist kills for reasons that he sees as perfectly
    > legitimate...reasons that also become all too comprehensible for the
    > reader.
    > For that reason, these latter two might be the most frightening books
    > of the
    > bunch.
    > Ron C.


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