The Long-Legged Fly by James Sallis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
The Long-Legged Fly
Off the back of a couple of Derek Raymond’s ‘Factory Series’ books; it fitted me well. With an enticing balance of heavy drinking, broken, interesting characters it had me hooked fast… I was a fan after the first paragraph – by the last I felt I had to have the follow-up.
As with Raymond, I felt a fast growing rapport here with the mind and direction played by Sallis. I’m drawn to the hard drinking, Bukowski-esque writer and P.I. – it’s my (kind of) playground too. His protagonist (Lew Griffin) is in a dark New Orleans cityscape. This was a lush territory to read through: music, love, violence and the French connection. All very real. Poetic and lyrical. An easy deep read.
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