Re: RARA-AVIS: hardboiled K9s

From: Bob Toomey (
Date: 01 May 2002

Carrie Pruett wrote:

> >>and don't get me started on Toto -
> >Toto is a dog. Dogs are not stand-up guys, hence not hardboiled. <snip>
> except for Fireball roberts, of course; he was a standup bulldog who could
> hold his liquor. and what about Keller's dog in "Hit Man"? <snip>

Not to mention Dougal's Laird Carstairs in Norbert Davis' hilarious (and hardboiled) Carstairs & Doan series. Notice that Carstairs name always comes first when mentioning these books. He wouldn't have it any other way. Doan won Carstairs in a crap game. Carstairs has never really forgiven him for that. As for the beast himself, "Carstairs was a fawn-colored Great Dane. Standing in four legs, his back came up to Doan's chest. He never did tricks. He considered them beneath him. But had he ever done one that involved standing on his hind feet, his head would have hit a level far above Doan's/ Carstairs was so big he could hardly be called a dog. He was a sort of new species."


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