RARA-AVIS: my 20 for the best 100

From: Louise G ( louiseg@earthlink.net)
Date: 02 Apr 2002

Essentially, I used the definition attributed to Jim Blue-- ""hardboiled is attitude. anything that is tough and colloquial is hardboiled."-- in my selection criteria. It's attitude and actions combined, for me. I admit to not having read all the authors and characters on the list. In my list, I left the original order numbers in parands.

   1. (4). Alexander Cutter (CUTTER AND BONE, Newton Thornburg)
   2. (32.) Burke (series, Andrew Vachss)
   3. (67.) Dimitri Karras (series, George Pelecanos)
   4. (77). Easy Rawlins (series, Walter Mosley)
   5. (79). Eddie Coyle (THE FRIENDS OF EDDIE COYLE, George V. Higgins)

   6. (98) George Smiley (series, John Le Carre)
   7. (112). Hawk (Spenser series, Robert Parker)
   8. (122). Jack Reacher (series, Lee Child)
   9. (140). John Rebus (series, Ian Rankin)
  10. (152). Lew Archer (series, Ross Macdonald)
  11. (157). Lou Ford (KILLER INSIDE ME and WILD TOWN, Jim Thompson)
   12..(167). Marion "Doc" Ford (series, Randy Wayne White)
   13. (170). Matt Helm (series, Donald Hamilton)
   14. (171). Matthew Scudder (series, Lawrence Block)
   15. (180). Mike Hammer (series, Mickey Spillane)
   16. (192). Mouse (Easy Rawlins series, Walter Mosley)
   17. (205). Parker (series, Richard Stark)
   18..(234). Sam Spade (THE MALTESE FALCON, Dashiell Hammett)
   19. (252). The Continental Op (series, Dashiell Hammett)
   20..(261) Travis McGee (series, John D. MacDonald)

 -- Louise Guardino

America. Forever onward.

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