Bill asks, What makes Helm hard-boiled? Well, Matt is a tough
killer, trained by and working for the US government, and he makes no bones
about his job or his abilities. Even in this story, when various characters
question his reliability and worthiness, Helm dismisses their complaints
and acts to continue his mission -- even after he complained about having
to take it. Once he starts a job, he's determined to finish it. It's a
dirty job, but he's damned well gonna do it to the best of his considerable
Another facet of the hard-boiled: He doesn't let his interest
in the weepy
daughter distract him from his mission -- to "touch" her father. True, he
tries to camouflage his attempt, but he knows his mission and he fully
expects to complete it. His own survival -- and that of any incidental
innocents -- is second to the mission. -- Duane
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