Friday's "Forgotten" Books - An Air That Kills a/k/a The Soft Talkers - In Reference to Murder

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June 01, 2012


George Kelley

I'm hoping Stark House reprints more of Millar's novels.

Brian Busby

Though I'm not yet half-way through her oeuvre, An Air that Kills has stayed steady as my favourite Millar novel. I can't think of another writer who betters the lady when it comes to dialogue. The opening scene between Ron and Esther Galloway is particularly fine. Not at all surprising that this is one of the novels Stark House chose to resurrect.

Sergio (Tipping My Fedora)

I love Millar's work and it's great that Patti has focused on her this week. This is one of the books from probably her golden era but I haven;t read it in ages and will definitely dig my copy out - cheers.

BV Lawson

I hope so, too, George! Perhaps today's FFB will prompt Stark House to add more titles soon.

BV Lawson

I haven't read all of her books, either Brian (and maybe not as many as you have), but I think this is definitely a fine representative of her work in general. And yes, the dialogue is crisp, and the prose is the type that is poetic without drawing attention to itself.

BV Lawson

It's one of the standalones, Sergio, but I'm not sure how it would fall stylistically among Millar's works. I'm kind of sorry she didn't like series characters, but it would have been fun to see what she did with one, a la Lew Archer.

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