RARA-AVIS: Hardboiled Lit is Dead...

From: Ron Clinton ( r-and-jclinton@email.msn.com)
Date: 19 May 2000

Well, it looks like we can close up this newsgroup and all go home now...hardboiled literature is dead and hasn't existed for 40 years.

At least, according to Author/Editor Bill Pronzini.

Here's what he had to say in a story intro in his new horror/dark suspense short-story collection, NIGHT FREIGHT: "The true hardboiled story was born in the Depression thirties and died in the post-McCarthy fifties; everything since that has been termed hardboiled is either an imitation, an intentional tribute, or some other kind of criminous tale (usually one featuring a private detective as protagonist) that has been misrepresented so it will fit into a convenient niche."

Will the last person to leave this newsgroup please remember to turn off the lights?

Ron Clinton

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