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

From: Anthony Dauer (
Date: 07 Sep 2001

I don't recall every seeing Sam Spade, Lew Archer, or Phillip Marlowe viewing cops in general as corrupt. The ones that were, yeah ... but not in such an over generalization as you propose. Victorian manners, which Holmes stretched, to the limit would stop him from voicing such an opinion in the same manner that an American would ... it's all in the context. The buddy cop who helps out the hardboiled PI is as true to the form as the fedora and trench coat.

Anthony Dauer
Alexandria, Virginia

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Viewing the police as incompetent, which Holmes did, is fairly common across the history of detective fiction. Viewing the police as venal, which the hardboileds did (with good reason), is not, and was not the case during the Victorian era.
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