Re: RARA-AVIS: Sidekicks

From: Teri Stock (
Date: 19 Nov 2001

Isn't one of the differences between hard-boiled and other mystery that hard-boiled recognizes the legal system as at least flawed and usually corrupt and ineffectual? Therefore, in hard-boiled tails justice cannot always be accomplished by simply turning the bad guys over to the authorities. How to achieve justice and the fine line between revenge and justice are often and legitimately explored, sometimes via the use of a sidekick or other third party, sometimes by the protag's willingness to work outside of or even contrary to the law.


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