Re: RARA-AVIS: Hardboiled politics

From: William Denton (
Date: 18 Jul 2003

On 18 July 2003, JIM DOHERTY wrote:

: Marlowe, Spade, the Op, Archer, etc., do their jobs, keep their
: promises, uphold their committments, and, when this steely resolve puts
: them in harm's way, they face danger bravely. That's what heroes do.

And it's something some readers want to do, but they're not sure if they can. Sometimes it's just goddamn hard going to work every day and supporting your family and trying to stay honest. That's something George Pelecanos deals with in his books. Where's the heroism in everyday life? How does an ordinary person keep his or her honour? Hardboiled fiction is a perfect place to deal with that.


William Denton : Toronto, Canada : : Caveat lector.

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