Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Book review in Journal of Social History

From: Mark Sullivan (
Date: 09 Apr 2004

Jim wrote:

"A lot of hard-boiled stuff is about behaving morally and honorably. Certainly that's true of Chandler. But a lot isn't. Do you really regard that towering testament to violence and selfishness, Richard Stark's Parker, to be a paragon of moral virtue?"

Just because Parker is not "a paragon of moral virtue" does not mean that the series does not deal with moral choices. A lot of "does not"s in that sentence, but can't the bounds of morality be explored by looking at someone who lives outside them?


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