RARA-AVIS: my top twenty

From: Buzz ( BuzzMeeks@attbi.com)
Date: 01 Apr 2002

Tend to favor the depraved and dissolute over P.I.'s and cops. (with notable exceptions) This is a list of my "favorite" characters, in no particular order:

1. Richard Bone (CUTTER AND BONE, Newton Thornburg) #227 2. Richard Hudson (WOMAN CHASER, Charles Willeford) #228 3. Parker (series, Richard Stark) #205 4. Fast Eddie Felson (THE HUSTLER and COLOR OF MONEY, Walter Tevis) #89 5. Lou Ford (KILLER INSIDE ME and WILD TOWN, Jim Thompson) #157 6. Matt Helm (series, Donald Hamilton) #170 7. Martin Plunkett (KILLER ON THE ROAD, Ellroy) #169 8. Keller (HIT MAN and HIT LIST, Lawrence Block) #146 9. Philip Marlowe (series, Raymond Chandler) #212 10. Tom Ripley (series, Patricia Highsmith) #260 11. Sam Spade (THE MALTESE FALCON, Dashiell Hammett) #235 12. Dudley Smith (L.A. QUARTET series and CLANDESTINE, James Ellroy) #74 13. Walter Huff (DOUBLE INDEMNITY, James M Cain) #267 14. Buzz Meeks (BIG NOWHERE, James Ellroy) #34 15. Virginia (BLACK WINGS HAS MY ANGEL, Elliot Chaze) #266 16. Mongo (MONGO'S BACK IN TOWN, E. Richard Johnson) #189 17. Hoke Moseley (series, Charles Willeford) #113 18. Corey Bradford (NIGHT SQUAD, David Goodis) #52 19. George Smiley (series, John Le Carre) #98 20. Burke Devore (THE AX, Donald Westlake) #33


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