Ross Thomas

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Ross Thomas

ag. 1, 2007, 3:04am

I bought my first Ross Thomas novel yesterday, which happens to be his 1966 debut The Cold War Swap. Has anyone read it, or any of his other novels, especially the ones that also feature McCorkle and Padillo?

I'm usually a bit wary of humor in fiction, especially in genres like this, but I've heard so many good things about Thomas's work, and the price of this secondhand paperback allowed me no hesitation.

ag. 1, 2007, 11:12am

I thought I had read them all and long ago, but this week I picked up VooDoo Ltd ad realized I had not read it. I am reading it now and it is reminding how good he is.. I could feel the sit back and enjoy; you are in the hands of a master feeling. The books are both funny and suspenseful. The humor often comes from the clever ways that one set of players gets played by another, though there are seldom just two sets. I have no hesitation in recommending any of books, though I can't say I have a specifc recollection of the Cold War Swap.

feb. 22, 7:29pm

I believe I have read every Ross Thomas book published and can honestly say that the worst of them are still decent reads, while the majority are simply outstanding. The man was elegantly perverse. The Seersucker whipsaw and Eighth dwarf stand out in my memory. Its also worth noting that he published five novels under the pseudonym Oliver Bleeck about a man who works as a go between for thieves and insurance companies.