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

Mark Sullivan (
Mon, 1 Mar 1999 20:08:08 -0500 (EST) I think I probably started mysteries with Sherlock Holmes, at the
recommendation of my father. It was the one thing we kept in common
during the worst of my adolescent rebellion.

I loved Encyclopedia Brown. Plus Emil and the Detectives was the first
time I came up against the truism that the book is always better than
the movie, particularly when it came to live-action Disney.

In high school, I read all of Bond and a few Spillanes, but it was
reading Chandler during my first year at college that hooked me on
hardboiled. Of course, I was already predisposed to PIs, thanks to


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