RARA-AVIS: Re: RARA-AVIS - Pros & Cons

28 Jan 99 14:29:00 -0500 --UNS_gsauns2_3045399793
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In principle, I agree with Kevin about amateurs. I read very few
books about amateur sleuths. But there is one kind of amateur about
whom I'm willing to suspend my disbelief. For lack of a better word,
I'd probably call it the "hobbyist." You almost never find them in
hard-boiled stories. I'm talking about characters like Ellery Queen
or Lord Peter who, although not professional detectives *per se*, are
not continually bumping up against crimes "accidentally," but because
they seek it out. It takes just a bit of the unbelievabilty out of
the "amateur sleuth" concept. They might be more accurately termed
"semi-pros." - Jim Doherty

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