RE: RARA-AVIS: Lone Wolf

From: Mario Taboada (
Date: 21 Jul 2003

More often than not, the PI or lone-wolf cop *knows* that his intervention is necessary but it won't solve anything.

From Philip Marlowe to Mario Balzic, with Lew Archer significantly in the middle, the hero knows that his power is limited and can't really cure any serious ill of society.

What it can do is help put some bad guys away and free some victims of terrible situations -- which is already an onerous task for a lone wolf.

In this sense, the lone fixer is presented realistically by our best writers. The exageration, even fantasy, comes usually in the physical power and endurance of our hero.

We admire him for putting himself at risk in order to do something specific, not for being an agent of change, which he isn't and can't be.



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