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January 12, 2009


Donald Pittenger writes:

Dear Blowhards --

* Michael posted more links about Donald Westlake immediately below. So I might as well join in with this link to Westlake comments by Bill Kristol.

* It seems that Terry Teachout is a Nero Wolfe fan, having read every novel in the series. He explains why here. Among other things he tells us why he prefers the work of Wolfe author Rex Stout to that of Patrick O'Brian. And, speaking of Westlake, he mentions ...

For my own part, I've never been much drawn to the mystery as a genre, perhaps because I have no interest in the puzzle-based plot mechanisms that drive the "classic" detective story. I no longer return to the Sherlock Holmes stories, and the only mystery novelists whose books I regularly reread for pleasure are Stout, Raymond Chandler, Elmore Leonard, Laura Lippman, and Donald Westlake. (I also enjoy Georges Simenon's Maigret novels, but for some reason I rarely read them.)

Blowhards readers might recall that I have written about Nero Wolfe too.

* I might as well toss in a Blogging Note to round out this post.

Nancy's annual Tahoe ski week is almost upon us, so we'll be on the road to there, the Bay Area and various bits of Southern California, returning early in February. I'll pack my trusty computer and post as frequently as I can manage.



posted by Donald at January 12, 2009


This is probably heresy to say this here, but my favorite mystery novel is "The Name of the Rose."

Posted by: Spike Gomes on January 12, 2009 9:09 PM

Maybe Teachout has an affiniy for Nero Wolfe because they're both corpulent.

Posted by: Peter L. Winkler on January 13, 2009 3:37 AM

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