RE: RARA-AVIS: Hardboiled This & That

From: John & Carrie (
Date: 18 Apr 2000

Somebody wrote:

 What's the
> best HB book
> >ever written where a crime is NOT the central plot device? (Doesn't mean
> >there can't be a crime, just that it's peripheral.)

Then James sed:

> I agree with your first comment.
> As to the second, does _Day Of The Locust_ cut it as HB? I
> think so,
> and I would certainly place it's name in nomination. I haven't tried the
> Fairbairn.

Day of the Locust isn't hard-boiled, but it sure is noir. Same thing with Miss Lonelyhearts. However, there is a crime in Locust though, ins't there? That big ass riot at the end would probably violate most unlawful assembly statutes.


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