Re: RARA-AVIS: RE: Parker criticism

From: Mario Taboada (
Date: 12 Nov 2001

<<The argument that we shouldn't criticize him because of what he has contributed seems specious.>>

I agree. We are talking about his books, not about his person. I trust that he and everybody else keeps those two things separate.

To add actual content: I think Parker has a technique close to Chandler's but not the older man's remarkable imagination or verbal originality. He is generally well liked in this parts, but he can and will be critized for what he doesn't do well. His contribution to the hardboiled PI genre is not under question here. But we are not a group of sociologists or historians; if we are anything, we are critics, or at least attentive readers.

Hey, not even Hammett and Chandler have escaped criticism here. Even more remarkably, not even Willeford has (Ned Fleming, are you around?).




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