RE: RARA-AVIS: words

Juri Nummelin (
Thu, 16 Sep 1999 13:58:48 +0300 (EET DST)

On Wed, 15 Sep 1999, Mark Sullivan wrote:

> All that means is Spillane has a Madonna/Whore complex, where the women
> Hammer loves must remain pure, while all other women are there to be
> used. Velda and the murderess are the only women Hammer doesn't screw
> in I, The Jury. The latter is allegedly because he has fallen in love
> with her (so she must remain virginal for their marriage), but serves
> the double purpose of ensuring he remains untainted by her
> yet-to-be-exposed evil.

Now here's a man to my tastes. I find Spillane rather loathsome author who has more racist and fascist attitudes than almost any other writer. But he writes (wrote? I've heard there's no punch anymore) quite well.


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