pDavis | Jan 01, 2007 | Comments 0 |
Close Softly The Doors reviewed by Peter Davis
Oct 5, 2007, 04:14
CLOSE SOFTLY THE DOORS: A STUART MALLORY MYSTERY by Ronald Clair Roat; Story Line Press, 1991
Roat writes with a spare but elegant style that conjures memories of the late, great Charles Willeford; Roat's Stuart Mallory is quite the wise-acre too, being only a little less more subtle than say, Ross Macdonald's Lou Archer. Mining the same geography as the still alive and kicking-it, J. Jackson, Roat's knowledge of Michigan and its backwoods is just as encyclopedically deft. For that matter he's a particularly better writer, even though this is his first and only book to go on, so far. In an age in which real hard-boiled fiction seems to be a dying art-form, one can only hope that Ronald Clair Roat would just sit down and write some more.
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