Re: RARA-AVIS: The Best 111

From: Ekkehard Kn ( knoerer@gmx.net)
Date: 16 Apr 2002


Hi,

I don't quite know about how much publicity voters and list members wish the TOP 111 list to get. I, at least, would like to publish it in my German webzine Crime Corner (www.crime-corner.de) - would that be ok with everybody?

Best, Ekkehard

----- Original Message ----- From: M Blumenthal < blumenidiot@21stcentury.net> To: < rara-avis@icomm.ca> Sent: Tuesday, April 16, 2002 10:22 AM Subject: RARA-AVIS: The Best 111

> Here is our selection of the 100 (actually 111) best hard boiled
characters.
> Although there are several many of us would not consider hard boiled, most
> of our ballots had a large majority of characters who made it into the
top
> 111. Of those who voted for twenty characters, the Mark Sullivan award
for
> having the most ideosyncratic ballot goes to Colin who as of this
afternoon
> voted for only eight characters who made it into the best 111. I don't
think
> the results would have been greatly affected by not having a secret
ballot.
> We had over 50 write ins so the voters could hardly be considered
> intimidated. I think being able to see who others voted for led to more
> interest. I doubt we would have come close to the 73 voters we had if we
> had not had everybody reveal for whom he or she voted.
>
> Of those authors who had more than three characters in the best 111,
> Dashiell Hammett had six characters and Walter Mosley, George Pelecanos,
Jim
> Thompson, Charles Willeford, and James Ellroy had four apiece. Of those
> characters that debuted in the 90's Easy Rawlins and Harry Bosch received
> the most votes.
>
> The best 111:
>
> 1. Philip Marlowe (series, Raymond Chandler)- 56
> 2. Sam Spade (THE MALTESE FALCON, Dashiell Hammett) - 51
> 3. The Continental Op (series, Dashiell Hammett) - 43
> 4. Lew Archer (series, Ross Macdonald) - 36
> 5T. Matthew Scudder (series, Lawrence Block) -33
> 5T. Parker (series, Richard Stark) - 33
> 7. Travis McGee (series, John D. MacDonald) - 31
> 8. Easy Rawlins (series, Walter Mosley) - 29
> 9. Harry aka Hieronymus Bosch (series, Michael Connelly) - 28
> 10. Hoke Moseley (series, Charles Willeford) - 25
> 11. Lou Ford (KILLER INSIDE ME and WILD TOWN, Jim Thompson) - 23
> 12. Mike Hammer (series, Mickey Spillane) - 19
> 13. Matt Helm (series, Donald Hamilton) - 18
> 14T. . Dave Robicheaux (series, James Lee Burke) - 16
> 14T. Nick Stefanos (series, George Pelecanos) - 16
> 14T. Coffin Ed Johnson & Gravedigger Jones (series, Chester Himes) - 16
> 14T. C. W. Shugrue (series, James Crumley) - 16
> 14T. Hap Collins & Leonard Pine (Hap & Leonard series, Joe R. Lansdale) -
16
> 14T. Nameless (series, Bill Pronzini) - 16
> 14T. John Rebus (series, Ian Rankin) - 16
> 14T. Mouse (Easy Rawlins series, Walter Mosley) - 16
> 22. Spenser (series, Robert Parker) - 15
> 23. Eddie Coyle (THE FRIENDS OF EDDIE COYLE, George V. Higgins) - 14
> 24. Brigid O'Shaughnessy (THE MALTESE FALCON, Dashiell Hammett) - 13
> 25. V.I. Warshawski (series, Sara Paretsky) - 12
> 26T. Dudley Smith (L.A. QUARTET series and CLANDESTINE, James Ellroy) - 11
> 26T. Paul Pine (Halo series, Howard Browne) - 11
> 26T. Dimitri Karras (series, George Pelecanos) - 11
> 26T. Arkady Renko (series, Martin Cruz Smith) - 11
> 30T. Hanson (NIGHT DOGS & SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL Kent Anderson) - 10
> 30T. Burke (series, Andrew Vachss) - 10
> 30T. Ned Beaumont (THE GLASS KEY, Dashiell Hammett) - 10
> 30T. Artie Wu & Quincy Durant (series, Ross Thomas) -10
> 30T. Tom Ripley (series, Patricia Highsmith) - 10
> 30T. Hawk (Spenser series, Robert Parker) - 10
> 36T. Amos Walker (series, Loren D. Estleman) - 9
> 36T.Kinsey Millhone (series, Sue Grafton) - 9
> 36T. Steve Carella (87th Precinct series, Evan "Ed" McBain) - 9
> 36T. George Smiley (series, John Le Carre) - 9
> 36T. James Bond (series, Ian Fleming) - 9
> 41T. Jack Reacher (series, Lee Child) - 8
> 41T. Earl Drake (Operation series, Dan J. Marlowe) - 6
> 41T.Bill Crane (series, Jonothan Latimer) - 8
> 41T. Keller (HIT MAN and HIT LIST, Lawrence Block) - 8
> 41T. Frank Chambers (THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE, James M. Cain) - 8
> 41T. Frederick J. Frenger, Jr. (MIAMI BLUES, Charles Willeford) - 8
> 41T. Dan Kearny (DKA series, Joe Gores) - 8
> 41T. Hannibal Lecter (series, Thomas Harris) - 8
> 41T. Batman (comics/novels series, various authors) 8
> 41T. Chili Palmer (GET SHORTY and BE COOL, Elmore Leonard) - 8
> 51T. Martin Beck (series, Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo) - 7
> 51T. Lucas Davenport (Prey series, John Sandford) - 7
> 51T. Doc McCoy (GETAWAY, Jim Thompson) - 7
> 51T. Peter Bondurant (UNDERWORLD USA trilogy, James Ellroy) - 7
> 51T. Harry Lime (THE THIRD MAN, Graham Greene) - 7
> 51T. Buzz Meeks (BIG NOWHERE, James Ellroy) - 7
> 51T. Dan Turner (Hollywood Detective series, Robert Leslie Bellem) - 7
> 51T. Milo Milodragovitch (series, James Crumley) - 7
> 51T. Lew Griffin (series, James Sallis) - 7
> 51T. Mario Balzic (series, K.C. Constantine) - 7
> 61T. Charlie Resnick (series, John Harvey) - 6
> 61T. Jack Carter (series, Ted Lewis) - 6
> 61T. Clete Purcell (Dave Robicheaux series, James Lee Burke) -6
> 61T. Max Latin (short stories, Norbert Davis) - 6
> 61T. Lloyd Hopkins (series, James Ellroy) - 6
> 61T. Joe Friday (Dragnet series, various authors) - 6
> 61T. Shell Scott (series, Richard S. Prather) -6
> 61T.Nate Heller (series, Max Alan Collins) - 6
> 61T. Nick Corey (POP 1280 - Jim Thompson) 6
> 61T. Nick & Nora Charles (THE THIN MAN, Dashiell Hammett) - 6
> 71T. Marcus Clay (series, George Pelecanos) - 5
> 71T. Socrates Fortlow (series, Walter Mosley) - 5
> 71T. Richard Bone (CUTTER AND BONE, Newton Thornburg) - 5
> 71T. Detective Sergeant Department of Unexplained Deaths (Factory series,
D
> Raymond) - 5
> 71T. Elvis Cole (series, Robert Crais) - 5
> 71T. Walter Huff (DOUBLE INDEMNITY, James M Cain) - 5
> 71T. James Figueras( Burnt Orange Heresy, Charles Willeford) - 5
> 71T. Casper Gutman (THE MALTESE FALCON, Dashiell Hammett) - 5
> 71T. Mike Shayne(series, "Brett Halliday" Dresser, many others) - 5
> 71T. Frank Clemons (trilogy, Thomas Cook) - 5
> 71T. Sharon McCone (series, Marcia Muller) - 5
> 71T. Race Williams/Terry Mack (series, Carroll John Daly) - 5
> 71T. John Shaft( series, Ernest Tidyman) - 5
> 71T. Dave Brandstetter (series, Joseph Hansen) - 5
> 71T. Jack Liffey (series, John Shannon) - 5
> 71T. Perry Mason (series, Erle Stanley Gardner) - 5
> 87T. Bernie Gunther(series, Philip Kerr) - 4
> 87T. Joe Gall (series, Philip Atlee) - 4
> 87T. Jonathan Hemlock (EIGER SANCTION and LOO SANCTION, Trevanian) - 4
> 87T. Kells (FAST ONE, Paul Cain) - 4
> 87T. Joe Pike (Elvis Cole series, Robert Crais) - 4
> 87T. Fast Eddie Felson (THE HUSTLER and COLOR OF MONEY, Walter Tevis) - 4
> 87T. Bob Lee Swagger (series, Steven Hunter) - 4
> 87T. Cora Papadakis (THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE, James M. Cain)
> 87T. Roy Dillon (THE GRIFTERS, Jim Thompson) - 4
> 87T. Eva Wylie (BUCKET NUT, Liza Cody) - 4
> 87T. Ed and Am Hunter (Fredric Brown) - 4
> 87T. Skink a.k.a. The Governor (recurring character, Carl Hiassen) - 4
> 87. Derek Strange (series, George Pelecanos) -4
> 87T. Lionel Essrog (MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN, Jonathan Lethem) - 4
> 87T. Charlie Arglist (THE ICE HARVEST, Scott Phillips) - 4
> 87T. Richard Hudson (WOMAN CHASER, Charles Willeford) - 4
> 87T. Ernest Stickney (STICK and SWAG, Elmore Leonard) - 4
> 87T. John Marshall Tanner (series, Stephen Greenleaf) - 4
> 87T. Marion "Doc" Ford (series, Randy Wayne White) - 4
> 87T. Jay Gatsby (THE GREAT GATSBY, F. Scott Fitzgerald) - 4
> 87T. Dick Tracy (newspaper strip, Chester Gould) - 4
> 87T. Mick Ballou (series, Lawrence Block) - 4
> 87T. Quiller (series, Adam Hall) - 4
> 87T. Deputy Detective Carl Houseman (series, Donald Harstad) - 4
> 87T. Mmaigret (series, Georges Simenon) - 4
>
>
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