RARA-AVIS: Genre Boundaries

David A. Harvey (david@reportersink.com)
Fri, 7 Aug 1998 14:56:37 -0400 Where exactly do the boundaries of "hard boiled" lie. For example, Adam
Hall's Quiller series would seem to have all the critical characteristics of
hard boiled fiction. Quiller, however, is a spy, not a detective. Is the
occupation key?

Another example, Don Belton's Almost Midnight would really qualify as
hardboiled in most every way possible, but, again, his protagonist is not a


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