Re: RARA-AVIS: Ross Macdonald's influence

Date: 30 Nov 2004

Many of us have noted Crumley's influence on the genre. Well, in many ways, that's just Ross Macdonald's influence at one remove. It's impossible to read Crumley's first PI novel, The Wrong Case, without thinking of RM. Hell, the "never sleep with a woman with more troubles than your own" epigraph is (somewhat erroneously) attributed to Macdonald, or Archer (who had, in turn, attributed the quote to "a wise man from Chicago," referring to Nelson Algren -- it's in Walk on the Wild Side).


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