Hardboiled Holmes (was Re: RARA-AVIS: Digest V3 #867)

From: William Denton ( buff@pobox.com)
Date: 07 Sep 2001

On 7 September 2001, Dick Lochte wrote:

: Going back to Holmes, if getting out the needle and shooting up after
: a tough case isn't hardboiled then what are we talking about?

I don't think a bit of mild recreational cocaine use counts for much, especially when it was legal. Holmes brooded, he was a loner, he was tough, he walked some mean streets and he was not himself mean--the more I go on the more I can see the case for it--but I'd never consider him a part of the hardboiled canon. He was a Victorian gentleman, and the whole package of the era, his nature, his habits, Conan Doyle's (or Watson's) writing, the mysteries themselves, all combine to exclude him. The stories have been favourites since I was 10, but I wouldn't count Holmes in with Spade, Marlowe, and all the rest. Some traits in common, but things are just shifted a bit too far out of line.


William Denton : Toronto, Canada : http://www.miskatonic.org/ : Caveat lector.

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