Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: The Marlowe Paradigm

Date: 05 Dec 2002


Re your comments below:

> And 2 [American] and 7 [working out of a large US
> city] generally apply
> only to American
> writers.

Even today, the vast majority of PI writers, characters like Dick Francis's Sid Halley notwithstanding, ARE American, which was my point. And a surprisingly large number of non-American writers who wrote PI stories, such as James Hadley Chase, Peter Cheney, and Peter Chambers (not to be confused with the PI character of the same name) used American characters and settings precisely because the PI story was so closely identified with the US.

Certainly this has changed to a degree in recent years, but the hard-boiled private eye character is still widely regarded as an American, just as the trafditional "cozy" amateur is still widely regarded as a Briton, despite the large influx of American writers and characters in recent years.


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