Re: RARA-AVIS: List of 100 Best hard boiled characters of the las t 100 years

From: M Blumenthal (
Date: 20 Mar 2002

   I think you should be able to nominate anybody as long as they are in hard boiled or noir works of written fiction to ensure they follow Rara Avis rules. If we get over a thousand names we might have to qualify them by something like seconding, but I don't think we will.

Here are some nominees before Kevin nominates the thousand we have missed so far:

Hawk (Robert Parker's Spenser series) Casper Gutman (Hammett's Maltere Falcon) Dan Kearney (Joe Gores' DKA series) Alan Grofield (Richard Stark) Joe Pike (Robert Crais' Elvis Cole series) Samantha Dolan (Crais' LA Requiem) Nick Stefanos (George Pelecanos) Wyatt (Gary Disher's Wyatt series) Pierre Ange aka - Pete Sawyer (Marvin Albert's Stone Angel series) Paul Pine (Howard Browne's Halo series) Nameless (Bill Pronzini's series of the same name) Roy Martin (Dan Marlowe's The Name of the Game is Death) Tres Navarre (Rick Riordan's Tres Navarre series) Artie Wu and Quincy Durant ( Ross Thomas) Jack Wild (Earl Thompson's Garden of Sand and Tattoo.) Milo Milodragonavitch (James Crumley's other P. I.): Harry Stoner ( Jonathan Valin)

> Section one, Nominations to Date. I've excluded seconds; I think for the
> ease of bookkeeping, it's a good idea to vote on all the nominees at the
> end. Can those who've made nominations go back through this and add author
> and book or series? Thanks.
> Section Two, Rules to Date. Let me know if these seem complete, or if you
> have any additions or clarifications. Also, suggestions re: ranking rules.
> Section Three, FAQs. Can someone opine on the Anglo/non-Anglo question or
> second mine?
> 1. This'll be fun.
> 2. A character has to be seconded by someone else on the list.
> 3. Someone better start counting.
> 4. Propose a time line for generating the list.
> 5. Publish some ranking rules.
> 6. Do a big press release at the end, so the world will know what the
> think.
> 7. If you nominate somebody you have to include the author and/or the name
> of the book, or if the character is in more than one book, the series.
> 8. As to timing: let's say nominations until the end of the month (March).
> 9. Compile the list and confirm that nominations were received; take
> at that time and confirm that all else is true and correct.
> 10. Make an announcement and release the list May 1. That would
> give everyone time to make sure the list is complete, and that everyone is
> as happy with it as we're likely to get.
> 11. We should all vote.
> Q: Most people are restricting their choices to series characters. Is that
> rule?
> A: No.
> Q: Do we have a right to include non-Anglo characters?
> A: [Unanswered at present. Opinions, anyone? Non-anglo characters who have
> been translated into English acceptable?]

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