From: Mark Blumenthal (
Date: 13 Jan 2000

James Rogers feels,

> I don't care much for the _Long Goodbye_ flick, plus which any
> detective story with a cat loses 10 points on the hard-boiled scale. ...
> I still don't buy it. Chandler may have been a cat freak, but Marlowe
> wouldn't have kept a pet at all. Though he would have tolerated a dog
> better.

As one who has had both, I can definitely state that cats are a hell of a lot more hard boiled than dogs. They are the independent loners. Dogs crave your attention. Cats suffer it. Crais' Elvis Cole has a cat. Spenser's descent from hard boiled was sealed when he got Pearl, the wonder dog. Mark

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