Re: RARA-AVIS: Mike Hammer's strength and heroism

From: Brian Thornton (
Date: 17 May 2004

Jack Bludis wrote:

> Doug Bassett said:
> <<<I don't think Chandler or Hammett are noir
> writers. They're pretty much the antithesis of
> it, in fact, no matter how much dark and
> forboding atmosphere you spot. You're on somewhat
> stronger ground with Spillane, although Hammer's
> essential strength and heroism doesn't qualify
> him, IMHO.>>>
> Hammer, strength and heroism?
> I'll buy strength.
> Heroism? I can't agree. Mike Hammer is a thug.

Jack's right, except that he doesn't go far enough.

Hammer is a bloodthirsty psychopathic xenophobic thug.

All the Best-

Brian Thornton

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