Re: RARA-AVIS: The Knockout Project

From: Michael Robison (
Date: 05 May 2004

William Denton wrote:

A classic scene we've all read many times is when the hero gets hit on the head and knocked out.

************* That's a fact. Chandler got a lot of mileage out of knockouts, didn't he? Marlowe gets bopped twice in FAREWELL, MY LOVELY and slips off into the proverbial blackness. How about the record number of knockouts for one guy in a story or novel? I think Mr. Kells in Paul Cain's FAST ONE, going down three times, is the most I can think of.

It's my impression that a lot of contemporary hardboiled writers try to avoid the well-worn cliche nowadays. Am I wrong about this?


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