Re: RARA-AVIS: knighthood?

Date: 30 Nov 2000

The knighthood theme is one of the most prevalent and enduring in hard-boiled fiction: tarnished knights, disillusioned knights, self parodying knights, even psycho knights like Ellroy's Bud White, or Vachss's Burke. The character form provides a platform for exploring the value of protecting the helpless (especially women and children) allegiance to a person or cause, heroism, loyalty, and/or redemption, all mother's milk to the genre. Open any three or four hard-boiled novels-you'll find at least one knight.

                                    Jim Blue

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