Re: RARA-AVIS: Children's Hard-Boiled?

Bill Hagen (
Mon, 1 Mar 1999 00:21:32 -0600 (CST) BD said:
>my personal introduction into hardboiled was Hamilton's Matt Helm series when
>I was around 11 or 12.

Gosh, I guess the other direction this thread could take, is confessions of
our youthful wrong turns into this stuff.

I first fell when I read Mickey Spillane. Though not quite as detailed as
Peyton Place, nor as pathetic and dirty-talking as Battle Cry, Spillane
appealed to male teen obsessions, the sense that sex and death must be
closely related.

But Spillane didn't lead anywhere better, not till I'd aged and fell in
with academics who read mysteries.

Bill Hagen

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