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Robert Campbell's Whistler series is a sort of combination of Raymond Chandler and James Ellroy--PI tales that are darker than noir.

When a bodiless head is found in New Orleans and a headless body turns up in LA, Whistler gets drawn into a case involving kiddie porn, snuff films and the seamy underbelly of both LA and the Big Easy.  Campbell, like Elmore Leonard, is especially strong on dialogue and he introduces many memorable characters.  A very good entry in the Post-Modern private eye genre.

N.B.--These books are not recommended for the squeamish.


Grade: (B)


See also:

Private Eyes
Book-related and General Links:
    -Memoriam to Robert Campbell
    -Robert Campbell (Stop You're Killing Me)
    -Robert Wright Campbell :  Novels
    -Whistler (Thrilling Detective)
    -REVIEW : of In La-la Land We Trust (Newgate Callendar , NY Times Book Review)
    -REVIEW : of ALICE IN LA-LA LAND. By Robert Campbell (John Gross , NY Times)

    -African American Mystery Page
    -Black Street Fiction
    -Crime Writers (David King)
    -Dangerous Dames: A Timeline of Some of the Major Female Eyes (Thrilling Detectives)
    -Edgar Award: Best First Novel
    -Film Noir and Pulp Fiction
    -A Guide to Classic Mystery and Detection
    -Gumshoe Site
    -Hardboiled : online reference site for all things noir
    -Hardboiled Heaven
    -Hard Boiled Noir Webring
    -Martin's Film Noir Page
    -Mysterious Home Page The Online Mystery Network
    -Mystery Net Awards Page
    -No Night Sweats
    -RARA-AVIS : mailing list devoted to the discussion of hardboiled (and noir) fiction
    -The Reader's Corner presents  Female Sleuths
    -Thrilling Detective Website
    -Twists, Slugs and Roscoes: A Glossary of Hardboiled Slang
    -Women of Mystery (Bookaholic)

Other Whistler books by Robert Campbell:
    -Alice in La-la Land (1987)
    -Sweet La-la Land