RE: RARA-AVIS: Hmmm...there's a lot of Dicks out there...

From: Words from the Monastery (
Date: 09 Apr 2000

In two interviews ... one on 60 Minutes and the other on CBS Sunday Morning, he hasn't admitted as of last year. I've never considered him very hard-boiled anyway so if his wife writing them and not him, whether women can write hard-boiled or not is still in question. It would also depend on just how much she's writing and how much she's transcribing.

volente Deo,

Anthony Dauer Alexandria, Virginia

"I know. We are ... the lucky ones." Bif Naked, 1999

> From: Kevin Burton Smith
> Sent: Sunday, April 09, 2000 10:52 AM
> Yeah, like he said. Dick Francis. Definitely hard-boiled, especially
> the early stuff, and certainly the Sid Halley books. Too often
> overlooked when it comes to hardboiled writing, too often dismissed
> by people who've never read them, as cozies with horsey settings.
> Sorry, but people get hurt in these books for real.
> And, if the rumours are true, the Francis books are an answer to
> another question that frequently pops up here: "Are there any women
> writing hard-boiled?" If they are true, Francis' wife actually writes
> the books, based on Dick's ideas. I'm not sure, though, if anyone in
> the Francis camp has officially confirmed or denied this. Looks like
> maybe I don't know Dick, after all...

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