RARA-AVIS: Re: still stumped on the name in Red Harvest

Kevin Smith (kvnsmith@colba.net)
Sun, 29 Aug 1999 12:46:34 -0400

I believe the nameless Continental Op married, settled down, and passed on his occupation and name to a detective (possibly his grandson) that Bill Pronzini has written a book or two about. Talk about doing the family non-name proud.

Hamilton Nash was a kinda anagram for Dash Hammett, coined solely for the TV version of THE DAIN CURSE.

In fact, some purists might argue that hardboiled literature started its long, downhill slide the moment authors started giving their protagonists complete names.

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