Re: RARA-AVIS: Marlowe's morality

From: Mark Sullivan (
Date: 02 Sep 2003

"A question- Does noir presume that morality is now an individual concern? Hammet, Chandler and Macdonald all featured lone detectives with their own chivalrous codes, or at least trying to develop them after experiencing the failure of collective codes of behaviour in twentieth century warfare."

Good question, Kerry, one I'm not even going to try to answer it. However, who was Hammett's chivalrous detective? The Op? Spade? They both had professional codes, but I have trouble thinking of either one of them as chivalrous. For instance, the Op could be damn near gleeful about setting people up to be killed.


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