Re: RARA-AVIS: The Marlowe Paradigm

From: William Denton (
Date: 02 Dec 2002

On 30 November 2002, JIM DOHERTY wrote:

: 1) Male
: 2) American
: 3) 30 to 40 years old (at least when the series starts)
: 4) Unmarried (usually single, often divorced, occasionally widowed, but
: virtually always unmarried)
: 5) Ex-cops
: 6) Who operated a one-man agency
: 7) Located in a large US city
: 8) Who told their stories in the first person.

Nice summarized. This (plus fedora) is what everyone thinks of when I mention hardboiled fiction to them. There's a vague notion of Hammett, and maybe they saw THE MALTESE FALCON, but they know Chandler's wisecracking PI, by osmosis if not by actual reading or viewing.


William Denton : Toronto, Canada : : Caveat lector.

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