RE: RARA-AVIS: Hardboiled politics

From: Robison Michael R CNIN (
Date: 23 Jul 2003

Jim Blue wrote: Doc Ford who isn't a PI, but who behaves like one. He has more friends than Travis McGee and though he lives alone he doesn't have trouble forming strong, balanced relationships with women. Derek Strange out of G.P. Gideon Lowry, John Leslie's semi happy man. John Lutz's Ray Carver, and also, his bemused Alo Nudger, Robert Crais's laconic Elvis Cole, Max Allan Collins's Nate Heller, Jeremiah Healy's John Cuddy (when he isn't moping), Bob Randisi's Nick Delvecchio, Bill Pronzini's "Nameless" (especially in the later stories) Sue Grafton's Kinsey Milhone, William Campbell Gault's Joe Puma, Sara Paretsky's V.I.W. etc.
        and talk about "cheating," you don't get to eliminate Shell Scott just because he fails to fall into the loser list.
    These people don't live (fictional) lives derived from the Donna Reed show, but they don't appear to be any more loserlike than the average Joe.

********* That's a straight list of the last few you've read and not a stacked deck of the ones you can name? And they are all have at least a halfway good private life? Well, I'll be darned. Like you mentioned earlier, it must have something to do with a conscious selection.

And thanks for the great list, too, Jim. I've got a few of those writers' books sitting on the shelf, and I'll have to see if I can fill in the gaps on the other ones.


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