RARA-AVIS: The Paradigm+Lawrence Block

From: Bludis Jack ( buildsnburns@yahoo.com)
Date: 09 Dec 2002

I said: "I might want to go to an anti-Chandler Paradigm."

Al Guthrie replied: "I'll buy it. I'll even pay for it now."

I won't hold him to that.
  Most of my work to date is defintely Chandleresque--well, they followed the paradigm to a point. I can honestly say the paradigm was adapted unconsciously. I wrote the two books published in my own name (The Big Switch & The Deal Killer) before I was on any discussion lists.

My comment about an anti-Chandler paradigm was not said tongue in cheek. It got me thinking about other ways to go about it.

But I think Lawrence Block with Scudder does not follow the plot paradigm, even though Scudder is single, an ex-cop and used to drink too much.

One thing missing in the critique of the paradigm is that in most states a person must have law-enforcement experience to be a PI.

And BTW PI readers and editors. PI's can still legally be called "Private Detectives" in some places and until recently, at least in my area, they were in the yellow pages as such.

I think the locals felt the wrath of editors and maybe NYC cops who hate PIs to be called "Private Detectives."

Jack Bludis

"The Big Switch" & "The Deal Killer" available at: http://designimagegroup.com/ Also available at BN.com, Amazon.com, and you local independent bookseller.

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