> He is also wrong in putting Ross Macdonald (who
> a shift towards the psychological) in with the hardboiled
You may think he is wrong to do this, but Ross Macdonald
*was* part of the hard-boiled school. His early work echoed
Chandler's Marlowe books, but then he found this new voice.
True, it was more psychological than external, but that
happened to the gothic, too, which grew from its formula into
a more complex label when Frankenstein came along. Just
because it was a shift doesn't make it less hard-boiled. He
just took the loner PI idea in a different direction.
I've always seen Macdonald listed with the hard-boiled
writers, so your comment puzzled me. But of course the idea
that Chandler created the genre, well, that was just wrong
and lazy. I mean, five minutes on the internet could tell
anyone that Hammett is the better answer (despite the
grumbling of "Daly, et al").
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