From: Jason Lewis ( lewis138@tc.umn.edu)
Date: 04 Apr 2002

Here is my top twenty. Sorry but I really don't have any justification for my choices just gut feeling that I'm right and anyone who disagrees is horribly wrong.

-Jason S. Lewis

20. Bill Crane (series, Jonathan Latimer) 34. Buzz Meeks (BIG NOWHERE, James Ellroy) 57. Dan Turner (Hollywood Detective series, Robert Leslie Bellem) 77. Easy Rawlins (series, Walter Mosley) 78. Ed Clive (NO GOOD FROM A CORPSE, Leigh Brackett) 96. Frederick J. Frenger, Jr. (MIAMI BLUES, Charles Willeford) 113. Hoke Moseley (series, Charles Willeford) 147. Kells (FAST ONE, Paul Cain) 152. Lew Archer (series, Ross Macdonald) 157. Lou Ford (KILLER INSIDE ME and WILD TOWN, Jim Thompson) 175. Max Latin (short stories, Norbert Davis) 192. Mouse (Easy Rawlins series, Walter Mosley) 196. Ned Beaumont (THE GLASS KEY, Dashiell Hammett) 200. Nick Corey (POP 1280 - Jim Thompson) 205. Parker (series, Richard Stark) 208. Paul Pine (Halo series, Howard Browne) 212. Philip Marlowe (series, Raymond Chandler) 234. Sam Spade (THE MALTESE FALCON, Dashiell Hammett) Write-In: Satan Hall (Pulp series, Carroll John Daly) 252. The Continental Op (series, Dashiell Hammett)

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