At the "venerable" NYTimes, Haruki Murakami gets pinged this
week as their featured author. So they've posted their old
reviews of his works. Including the review of A WILD SHEEP
CHASE, in which the reviewer, ANN ARENSBERG, starts out with
"Sometimes I think America's most enduring contribution to
literature is the hard-boiled detective story. Created by
Raymond Chandler, elaborated by Ross Macdonald and
perpetuated by successors like Robert Parker, the genre
reinvents itself from generation to generation in the United
States, always wearing the traditional trappings."
So. Where does Hammett fall in this pantheon? Is he
blackballed from the NYTimes? Or are we being addressed by
another ill-informed reviewer?
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