RARA-AVIS: My votes

From: Sally Jane Driscoll ( renza9@yahoo.com)
Date: 09 Apr 2002

I forgot to nominate any of the cops in William Marshall's Yellowthread Street series! If I'd remembered, they would certainly have made my list of the all-time best. Guess I'll have to wait for the next vote in 2102.

In order, the best five are Socrates Fortlow, Sam Spade, John Rebus, Maigret, Easy Rawlins and Angie Gennaro.

Hats off to Dennis Lehane for creating the best hard-boiled female PI.

Here's my list in alphabetical (not best) order. Twenty hardly seems enough and I've left off some good nominees.

1. Angela Gennaro (series, Dennis Lehane) 2. Brigid O'Shaughnessy (THE MALTESE FALCON, Dashiell Hammett) 3. Carmen Sternwood (THE BIG SLEEP, Raymond Chandler) 4. Casper Gutman (THE MALTESE FALCON, Dashiell Hammett) 5. Derek Strange (series, George Pelecanos) 6. Dimitri Karras (series, George Pelecanos) 7. Easy Rawlins (series, Walter Mosley) 8. George Smiley (series, John Le Carre) 9. James Bond (series, Ian Fleming) 10. John Rebus (series, Ian Rankin) 11. Lew Archer (series, Ross Macdonald) 12. Maigret (series, Georges Simenon) 13. Mike Hammer (series, Mickey Spillane) 14. Nameless (series, Bill Pronzini) 15. Ned Beaumont (THE GLASS KEY, Dashiell Hammett) 16. Nick & Nora Charles (THE THIN MAN, Dashiell Hammett) 17. Philip Marlowe (series, Raymond Chandler) 18. Sam Spade (THE MALTESE FALCON, Dashiell Hammett) 19. Socrates Fortlow (series, Walter Mosley) 20. The Continental Op (series, Dashiell Hammett)


Sally Driscoll

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