Re: RARA-AVIS: Jonny Zero

Date: 18 Jan 2005

Ivan wrote:

"I haven't seen it, but Robert Eversz is over on DorothyL wondering if it isn't somewhat of a ripoff of his Nina Zero books. I'd wonder big time."

Had Eversz seen it or was he just speculating from the name? The only shared trait I noted between the two was that both Zeros were just out of prison (well, Nina was at the beginning of her second appearance), and that's hardly a novelty in hardboiled and/or noir. Nina becomes a paparazzi, whereas Jonny begins working for a restaurant that hosts kids parties, while being pressured to work for his old mob boss, by both the boss and the Feds. He also becomes a kind of unlicensed PI. As I said, not much in common with Eversz books beyond the name, and even that has a distinct difference -- Nina chose it herself; Jonny is told that that's what he'll be if he doesn't take his former boss's job.

That said, a Nina Zero series would be way cool.

Looking over my description, Dan Simmons would have a better case against the show borrowing some of his Kurtz's traits (though still hardly definitive; they're both drawing on hardboiled standards) than Eversz.


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