Re: RARA-AVIS: Seeking mystery novel

From: John Williams (
Date: 04 Sep 2010

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    On 03/09/2010 19:13, Mark Sullivan wrote:
    > That's the first place I read that advice. Lew Archer quotes part of
    > it in one book, attributing it to a wise man from Chicago. James
    > Crumley used that part as the epigraph of The Wrong Case, attributing
    > it to Lew Archer (or Ross Macdonald, forget which).
    > Mark
    Which is kind of ironic as Crumley actually knew Algren., who was teaching at Iowa when Crumley was there. I asked Crumley about Algren once - he said he was never taught by him, but they used to play poker, only it was kind of embarrassing as Algren was such a terrible poker player - his face always gave away exactly what he was thinking.

    Has anyone here read Algren's posthumous novel The Devil's Stocking? It was loosely based on the story of Hurricane Carter, I think. I have a copy but have never read it.


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