RARA-AVIS: Ms Meaker: Hardboiled

From: Michael Robison ( miker_zspider@yahoo.com)
Date: 10 Oct 2003

Ms Meaker,

In an essay about the Vin Packer novels in MURDER OFF THE RACK, Jon Breen notes that after reading THE EVIL FRIENDSHIP, Anthony Boucher said that you were as hardboiled as the best of them.

I usually think of "tough guy" novels when hardboiled is referred to, but in THE EVIL FRIENDSHIP, THE DAMNATION OF ADAM BLESSING, COME DESTROY ME, AND SPRING FIRE, the emphasis seems to be on characters that are decidedly not tough. What do you think Boucher meant by calling your books hardboiled?

Thank you, miker

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