Re: Hardboiled vs. other (was Re: RARA-AVIS: The Dain Curse-why ...)

From: a.n.smith (
Date: 15 Sep 2000

> : Take out the gunplay, slow down the pace by telling the story in third
> : person and there is surprisingly little difference between hardboiled
> : and other forms of crime fiction.
> Surely not, unless you boil it down to "a crime was committed (and perhaps
> solved)."

The "proof" of the flaw in the "take out stuff" argument is in history. This writing was different enough to really influence several generations of authors and make a remarkable impression on western culture.

Which is why this "Agatha Christie wins best writer of the ceuntury at B'con" thing shocks the hell out of me. She's read still, sure, but people immediately think "mystery writer". But Hammett and Chandler, those guys invoke much much more.

Neil Smith

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