Re: Definition of hardboiled (was Re: RARA-AVIS:

M*T (
Tue, 16 Feb 1999 01:24:55 -0500 <<Which of these do think is not hard boiled:

Stark's Parker series
Gores'DKA series
Willeford's Burnt Orange Heresy
Fleming's James Bond series
Hamilton's Matt Helm series
The first three of Parker's Spenser series
Hammett's The Thin Man
Goodis' Dark Passage
Leonard's Get Shorty
Coben's Bolitar series
Kaminsky's Toby Peters series>>

I would say that only the Willeford (a noir-comic-existentialist novel)
and the Hammett (a traditional mystery-screwball comedy) are not
hardboiled. They don't have hardboiled characters or situations. I
should say that I have only read Coben's first Bolitar book, so my
sample of his work is small.


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