Re: RARA-AVIS: On The Left Coast

William Denton (
Tue, 3 Mar 1998 17:30:13 -0500 (EST) On Tue, 3 Mar 1998, Mari Hall wrote:

: Yeah, but he said -basically- that he wrote "Marlowe with baggage";
: I suppose Bosch's search for his mother's killer or mother or
: whatever (that @#$% backstory). I don't think it was "thinking" so
: much as the "baggage".

This "baggage" they carry around seems to be cropping up a lot in
recent books. I read Dennis Lehane's two novels, which are kind of
modern hardboiled things, I think, and his lead character is haunted
by memories of his father and so on. I know I've seen it elsewhere,
too. I think it's an overused device.


William Denton | Toronto, Canada | | Caveat lector.
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                                   -- "Uncle" Oswald Hendryks Cornelius

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