well, that's my point too. this is standard mike shayne, with
the gender switched, that's all. i have a hard time with the
ever-solicitous broad who's there to soothe the PI's fevered
brow and bind his reeking wounds. i agree it's ludicrous,
main character-wise, to have to depend on a secondary
character for your basic hardboiled
decision-making/operations to be successful. my idea of a
hardboiled protag is one who makes their own way, MUST make
their own way. mike shayne seemed, to me, to be somewhat
dependent on the kindness of strangers. not your basic
nihilist. so i had no choice but no mock him.
At 07:23 PM 12/16/2000 -0500, you wrote:
>This is one of my pet peeves ... a superman waiting in the wings for when
>the "detective" needs his or her ass bailed out. This is just poor writing.
>I read Harlan Corben's first and stopped there with his "Spec Ops" Win the
>enforcer character. If the PI can't save his own ass without such help, let
>'em die already.
>From: Maura McMillan
>Sent: Saturday, December 16, 2000 6:14 PM
>no, this guy does it all -- not only does he just stand by in awestruck
>admiration, but he word-processes a million words per second, keeps a fresh
>fifth of herradura in his desk drawer, and is always ready to put his life
>on the line for his empress -- whether it's carrying a gun, stealing files,
>flirting with the bad guy -- he'll do it all. and why? because michaela is
>TOO COOL not to back up with one's heart, soul, and brawn. i may not be
>keeping strictly to MS here -- what do i know -- but i'm thinking of the
>classy egghead broad in the bookstore who pours Bogart a snort and fills him
>in about the phony rare bookseller across the street who turns out to be you
>know who. this man friday is along those lines.
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