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Monday, October 20, 2014
Crossover Cover: Cons, Scams & Grifts
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Joe Gore was an interesting person. Like Dashiell Hammett before him he was a real private investigator who turned to writing mystery novels. They both lived in San Francisco and strangely died on the same day.ReplyDelete
It's worth mentioning that Cons is a sequel to 32 Cadillacs which has appearance from Donald Westlake's ill luck thief Dortmunder. I'm pretty sure that you know that since I sent you a list of Westlake crossovers, but I figure it's worth mentioning for anybody unfamiliar with the books.
I just started rereading Crais's novel Suspect. It's linked by mention a crime scene technician from Crais's other novels. According to Crais's website the protagonists of Suspect will be teaming with Elvis Cole in his next novel.
I have Suspect written up already, and I did know about the characters appearing in the next Cole book. I do enjoy it when authors set their works in a common universe; it gives crossoverologists like me a lot to work with. :)ReplyDelete
This seems to be a trend among crime writers of creating their own interconnected universe, Robert Parker, Michael Connelly, Robert Crais. I remember Ross Thomas did it too, though I don't think there's any links to the CU in his work.ReplyDelete
I'm looking forward to the next Crais novel.