Re: RARA-AVIS: Spillane's influence

Date: 03 Dec 2004


Re your reaction to Dave's comments:

> Dave said, "To me, Dan Marlowe seemed influenced by
> Spillane. Have you ever
> seen any mention of that?"
> No, but I agree with it. STRONGARM is reminiscent
> of THE LONG WAIT, in
> fact. I had a few letters from Marlowe many years
> ago, and he did say that
> THE VENGEANCE MAN had a touch of Jim Thompson.

Didn't Marlowe do a PI series about a Hammer-like character named Johnny Killain?

Spillane's influence is also manifested in all the PBO PI writers who got big in the '50's like Richard S. Prather, Frank Kane, Stephen Marlowe, etc., all of whom showed a right-wing bias, and most of whom had a tendency to get involved in cases involving Commie spies.


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