RE: RARA-AVIS: Hard-boiled Authors of the 20th Century

B. Cox (
Sun, 21 Nov 1999 21:19:15 -0800

I hate lists giving a position to the nominees! But, on the other hand, some lists can be enlightening when genuine and by knowledgeable referees.

So why not to organize for a list of
*Hard-Boiled/Noir* authors elected by the Rara Avians, and widely publish the results?

I think it's a great idea and add this proviso. That rara-avians vote for five names by time period, (not sure of the necessity for English and non-English categories) but that the top ten are published. Why? Because for those less knowledgeable, (like myself), who want to know more but have limited reading time, (like myself) a list like this is enormously helpful in deciding who to read and who to save for later.


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