Re: RARA-AVIS: Ross Macdonald's influence

From: Michael Robison (
Date: 30 Nov 2004

Richard Moore wrote:

Hmmm...interesting. So was the two-dimensional detective hero one of Ross Macdonald's major contributions to the form? Intentionally two- dimensional, I mean. Obviously the pulps and the $2 lending library novels often featured two-dimensional detectives.

********* I should have read all these posts instead of responding to them as I came to them. I wrote in an earlier post that the shift from the detective to other characters (resulting, at least in part, I think, in the two-dimensional description) is Ross's contribution, and that whatever questionable influence that has had on the genre, it's nothing even close to that of Hammett and Chandler.


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