From: Mark Sullivan ( DJ-Anonyme@webtv.net)
Date: 23 Nov 2001

A couple of years ago, I wrote a short "things to do this week" blurb for a Dennis Lehane signing. I began it by noting that LA and San Francisco had once had the most per capita PIs, but Boston seems to have joined them as a city of choice.

I pointed out that Spenser had been joined by Healy's John Francis Cuddy, Jerome Doolittle's Tom Bethany, Linda Barnes's Carlotta Carlyle
(a solid series that no one has mentioned this month) and Lehane's Kenzie and Gennaro. There's also Dred Balcazar, Ned White's PI in A Very Bad Thing (I remember liking this book quite a bit when I read it, very dark; did he ever write another?).

We speculated about the nature of California being the end of the line
(along with the lure of the film industry) having some effect on its popularity as a setting. So what is it about Boston? Sure, these writers are native to the area, so they're writing about what they know, but is there any other reason so many ficitional PIs have clustered in this city? Is it due to anything more than crapshooting publishers thinking, Hey, maybe it's the setting that made Spenser popular, so let's find some more PIs from Boston? You know, a publishing version of the Merseybeat sound, signing any band from Liverpool after the Bealtes hit. Hell, it happened in the Boston music scene, too, with the overhyped "Bosstown Sound" of the early '70s.


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