Re: RARA-AVIS: blown away
Thu, 30 Dec 1999 06:51:12 -0800

I almost never post, although I do jot down authors names as I read this list. The "blown away" selections posted so far have been very repetitive, haven't they? Perhaps this is because you guys have a much narrower definition of hard boiled than I do. Nonetheless, here are my five (which includes Pelecanos only as of last week and thanks to seeing his name mentioned here):

Dashiell Hammett (of course) George Pelecanos Lawrence Block (Matt Scudder) Walter Mosley Peter Bowen

I am curious why your lists are so narrow and would be interested to hear whether you think Block's Scudder books, Mosley and Bowen qualify as hard-boiled and why.

Just to expand the discussion a bit, alternates I considered were James Lee Burke, Dennis Lehane, Gar Anthony Haywood (Aaron Gunner series) and Michael Connelly.

Thanks for allowing me to lurk and use your knowledge to expand my reading selections.


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