RARA-AVIS: Queries from a new boy

From: RCsaltaire@aol.com
Date: 11 Feb 2001

I have a couple of queries arising from my current reading of Tom Nolan's biography of Ross Macdonald.

1) Are George Grella's 'Murder and the Mean Streets' and Robert Parker's
'Violent Hero, Wilderness Heritage and Urban Reality' in print in any form?

and 2) Why California? Hammett, Chandler, Macdonald - is it an accident of birth / settlement or is there something about California that lends itself to hardboiled fiction?

Richard Coomber

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