From: Juri Nummelin ( jurnum@utu.fi)
Date: 19 Apr 2001

On Thu, 19 Apr 2001, Schooley wrote:

> I was thinking Leonard too. Many of his characters take a workmanlike approach
> to crime.

Let's not forget caper books and films. For example in Lionel White's
(seemingly forgotten, like all GM authors) books, the criminals only do their job. In "The Asphalt Jungle" someone says something to this effect: "Criminality is just a left-handed form of human activity." (Is this in Burnett's book already or is it just in the film? I ca't remember.)

And to take a step further, in Jean-Pierre Melville's marvellous gangster films, the criminals are nothing more than guys doing their work. This echoes back in Tarantino's "Reservoir Dogs" and Takeshi Kitano's "Sonatine" - they don't talk about getting the long-life holiday after the Big Caper.


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