Saturday, February 09, 2013
On "How to Greet Strangers" by Joyce Thompson
I just finished reading my friend Joyce Thompson's entertaining and original detective thriller, How to Greet Strangers, and enjoyed it immensely. It put me in mind of Raymond Chandler. Thompson's hero, Archer Barron, shares Philip Marlowe's moralism and expertise in self defense while allowing himself more outlet for pent-up hedonism than Marlowe ever did. Archer is very much a twenty-first century hero, black, gay, apostate to Santeria (definitely look it up!), HIV positive, glorious drag queen, smart as a whip, and here to stay. I recommend Archer heartily as great company.