Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: hardboiled war novels

From: E.Borgers (
Date: 07 Sep 2004

You're right about Malet, and this reminds me of a British writer, very popular before WW2 and certainly even more after it: Peter Cheyney. In a lot of his novels he was mimicking American HB and some of them are set during the war, even among those with his famous hero Lemmy Caution, an FBI agent. There was however a separate series of novels handling espionage during wartime, all having the word "Dark" in their titles, rather somber and better written. In this series : Dark Duet (1942) - The stars are Dark
(1943) - The Dark street (1944) ...etc.

E.Borgers Hard-Boiled Mysteries Polar Noir :

>Leo Malet's early Nestor Burma books are set in occupied France and
>refer to Burma's days as a POW.

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