Re: RARA-AVIS: Spenser....

From: KS (
Date: 13 Dec 2000

> You guys don't have to like Spenser, and I never said you had to, but
> you can't criticize him on one hand for all the very un-Marlowe-like
> things he does, and then on the other write him off as an empty copy.
> At the very least, whether he succeeded or failed, Parker should be
> credited with trying to move beyond Chandler and stake out his own
> turf.

I guess my feeling is that it is the Marlowe-like stuff, the lone knight with a code of honour, that turned Spenser into a stick-figure. Sure he's updated, but eventually he stopped evolving with his changing environment, choosing instead to share musings about his fixed morality.


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