Re: RARA-AVIS: Kent Anderson: NIGHT DOGS

From: Al Guthrie (
Date: 22 Dec 2002

----- Original Message ----- From: "Ed Lynskey" <>

> And I like that the loner cop takes a
> dog in. Pets in hardboiled lit, like the torn
> up cat in George Pelecanos' novels.

An early example of dog-adopting occurs in W R Burnett's HIGH SIERRA (1940). Armed robber Roy Earle proves that he's more than just a psychopathic gun-toting, cop killer by taking in Pard, the local stray, an act of kindess subsequently rewarded when the mutt's presence helps him get through a police barricade (numbskulls that they are, the police are looking for a man and a woman - not a man and a woman and a dog). Roy is apparently such a kind-hearted fellow that his generosity extends to paying for an operation for a crippled woman he only just met. It's all a bit lame, if you ask me.


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