RARA-AVIS: Re: hardboiled war novels

From: jimdohertyjr ( jimdohertyjr@yahoo.com)
Date: 07 Sep 2004

Sticking to:

1) Novels about soldiers in actual combat (as opposed to hard-boiled stories that just happen to be set during WW2) and also are

2) Written by authors who are identified with hard-boiled/noir crime fiction.

here are two more.

William P. McGivern's SOLDIERS OF '44. Set in the ETO, where McGivern actually served (and where he was awarded a Soldier's Medal for his service), McGivern, famous as the author of THE BIG HEAT, ROGUE COP, etc., regarded it as his best book.

Max Allan Collins's THE MILLION DOLLAR WOUND. A year or so before this book appeared, Edward D. Hoch wrote an article in which he noted that, since the hard-boiled PI figure is so identified with the '40's, it's odd that no book has ever dealt with the question of what private eyes, most of them able-bodied young men, did during the most important historical event of that decade. Collins answered that question with this book. His series PI, Nate Heller, fresh from completing an investigation into labor racketeering in Hollywood, enlists in the Marines in time to fight in Guadalcanal. Honorably discharged after receiving the titular injury in battle, Heller returns home to find that the Hollywood investigation wasn't as complete as he thought.


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