Re: RARA-AVIS: Ross Macdonald's influence

From: Jacques Debierue (
Date: 30 Nov 2004

I think Ross Macdonald's influence on his and subsequent generations of PI writers is enormous. We have discussed his stature ad nauseam here, with entertaining but divergent conclusions.

My experience is: when I'm not reading him, I tend to think he's overrated, but when I'm in the middle of one of his novels, I think he's underrated. Let's say that he's the most overunderrated or underoverrated PI writer.

By the way, I don't find Archer so two-dimensional... Does having a Susan, a Hawk and a dog make Spenser a fuller character than Archer? And let's not forget that some of the greatest characters in modern fiction are enigmatic (Josef K., for example).



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