Re: RARA-AVIS: posoning

Philip Benz (
Wed, 10 Feb 1999 16:18:48 +0100 Poisoning doesn't seem to get much more hard-boiled than Simenon's
Maigret -- Maigret's world just isn't bleak enough to make the cut.

Doubtless it's too subtle. The sorts of characters one tends to see in
hard-boiled fiction are much more direct in their violence. Not that
poison can't be exquisitely shuddersome. Fay Zachary's _A Poison in the
Blood_ is profoundly unsettling, but is more serial killer than boiled.

Then too, these days poisoning is not all that clever a way to kill. Far
too readily detectable and more dangerous for the perp than a handy

Cheers, --- Phil
Lyc饠Astier, Aubenas, France

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