Re: RARA-AVIS: Forties Top Five

From: Michael Robison (
Date: 23 Dec 2002

I wrote:
> "Spillane's writing might not be topnotch, but I really like the
> character of Mike Hammer. Hammer's ugly mad dog attitude is a far cry
> from the noble gleam of Marlowe's tarnished armor. It's a story that
> needed to be told. Hammer's excesses are almost poetic."

Then Mark quoted Markson's Epitaph for a Dead Beat (1961):
> "Heck, that's a pretty flimsy parting line. Too bad you're not one of
> those Mickey Spillane detectives -- you could shoot me in the belly and
> be done with it. But that would be murder, wouldn't it? I mean, since
> after all, you can't prove a thing."

********** Good one! It seems like nobody could ignore Mike Hammer. JDM makes reference to him in one of his novels. So did Raymond Chandler. Does anybody remember Chandler's reference? It was so darned ironic I had to laugh.


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