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»Since Chandler is so famous, you can find criticism of his work. I haven’t found much criticism of Thomas; people say that he is great and underrated and leave it at that. Probably his place in 20-century literature is reasonably secure but it would be nice to get him a little more respect. It doesn’t matter that Thomas doesn’t always provide a satisfying dénouement. He provides voice, subtle perception, history, and a passionate but cynical love of politics unrivaled by any other author in the genre.«

Ethan Iverson

In remembrance of Ross Thomas: Ethan Iverson about the writer Ross Thomas, who died 18 years ago. His essay Ah, Treachery! at his blog Do The Math.

»Wir Leser brauchen jemanden, der uns zeigt, dass die Welt nicht in Schwarz und Weiß aufgeteilt ist, sondern in viele verschiedene Töne von ziemlich dunklem Grau. Das reichdifferenzierte Porträt des demokratischen Gemeinwesens, das Ross Thomas mit seinen Thrillern im letzten Drittel des zwanzigsten Jahrhunderts gemalt hat und dessen Ideale wir nur mit Mühe wiedererkennen, ist immer noch gültig.«

Paul Ingendaay

Ein Meister der Darstellung von Mechanismen der Macht: Paul Ingendaay über Ross Thomas und seinen Roman Dämmerung in Mac’s Place. Die Kritik gibt es bei der Frankfurter Allgemeinen Zeitung.

»Two years after the fire, and a few months after finishing his novel Ah, Treachery!, Ross Thomas died of lung cancer at the age of 69. Of course, within a couple years, most of his work would be out of print, and remain so for the better part of a decade. Fortunately, St. Martin’s would eventually reprint many of his works, each accompanied by introductions from the likes of Donald E. Westlake, T. Jefferson Parker, Robert B. Parker, Sara Paretsky, and Lawrence Block. I’m still waiting, however, for a full-fledged Ross Thomas revival. It’s nothing less than he deserves.«

Woody Haut

Why has Ross Thomas fallen out of favor? Woody Haut with a retrospective about the author of books like Chinaman’s Chance or Ah, Treachery!. His worth reading essay at The Los Angeles Review of Books.