Re: RARA-AVIS: RE: The meaning of hardboiled

From: Mark Blumenthal (
Date: 11 Jul 2000

> Does anyone have the one they did on mysteries? Kenneth McLeish's
> recommends as follow-ons to Hammett:
> Andrew Bergman's THE BIG KISS OFF OF 1944 (?),

Until he got his chance in movies, writer-director Bergman(Blazing Saddles, Fletch, Striptease) wrote two mystery novels, HOLLYWOOD AND LEVINE and KISS-OFF featuring PI Jack Levine. They are similar to Kaminsky's Toby Peters' series except Levine is not as much of a klutz as Peters. I liked HOLLYWOOD better. It featured Bogart participating in much of the action. Mark

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