Re: RARA-AVIS: Themes of the Months

From: William Denton (
Date: 15 Mar 2001

I forgot to update this. I didn't read any Shell Scott books last month, but I was glad to see some others had and talked about them. I was thinking that next month we could try talking about work and the work ethic in hardboiled fiction. People have quoted Donald Westlake on how he uses the Parker books to look at work; it's important in Mr. Pelecanos' work; fictional PIs have a job that endangers their lives and doesn't pay much but they still slog on because it's what they do. Especially when their partner is killed.

If anyone has any good titles on this theme, let me know, and I'll list them. Then anyone who wants to read one or more and chip in. In May I thought we could tackle Dorothy B. Hughes: is she or isn't she? After that I think the collections of letters from Hammett and Chandler will be out in North America and the Commonwealth, so we can look at them.


William Denton : Toronto, Canada : : Caveat lector.

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