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Reactions to The Archer Files: The Complete Short Stories of Lew Archer, Private Investigator by Ross Macdonald (ed. Tom Nolan)

12-Aug-16

The Archer Files: The Complete Short Stories of Lew Archer, Private Investigator, Including Newly Discovered Case Notes by Ross Macdonald My rating: 4 of 5 stars This collection of short stories was my first encounter with Macdonald, and I’m looking forward to digging into the novels. I don’t mean to damn with faint praise by […]

Reactions to “Pop. 1280” by Jim Thompson

01-Jan-14

Pop. 1280 by Jim Thompson My rating: 4 of 5 stars Unrelentingly bleak, but somehow bearable, even occasionally winning – “Pop. 1280” is classic Thompson. Which means great noir/crime/Americana. The cunning, deranged protagonist deceives the reader as cleverly as he does his fellow characters. A small authorial stumble at the end into Messiah-complex rumination takes […]