Reed Farrel Coleman
's The Hollow Girl
is full of characters who turn out not quite as awful as the reader has been led to expect, and its protagonist, Moe Prager, achieves, if not redemption, then reconciliation with his past.
Fair enough; the novel comes billed as the last of the nine Prager books, and a number of its features, not least the novel's ending, point in that direction. I'll spoil little if I reveal that Prager spends good chunks of the book coming to terms with, and getting himself clear of, aspects of his old life.
That's how Coleman decided to end a series. How do other writers do it? How have your favorite crime writers brought series to an end?
The Hollow Girl
looks to Moe Prager's past with its plentiful references to Prager's previous cases. It reminded me in this respect of Richard Stark's Butcher's Moon
, which brought back a number of character's from Stark previous Parker novels and looked for a while as if it were going to kill off one of the main supporting characters. Indeed, Butcher's Moon
was the last Parker novel for 23 years.
© Peter Rozovsky 2014
Labels: Donald Westlake, Reed Farrel Coleman, Richard Stark