RE: Re: RARA-AVIS: Setting the record straight: the N word/Sexuality

Date: 23 Aug 2000

In the discussion of women in Pelecanos, how about Nick's relationship/ friendship with the lesbian in Nick's Trip (I think)? Karen? I thought she was a solid character, as was Clarence's wife in a couple of the novels, and the woman who is an attorney (who hires Nick). Just bringing up some characters, all nicely lined out, that I haven't seen mentioned. Overall, of course, hard- boiled characters don't tend to have long lasting relationships, though partnerships can last. Seems to be part of the genre. A feature the genre shares with Westerns, though I would hardly say Pelecanos serves up leftovers!

Bill Hagen

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