Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Your Favorite Tough Guys

From: Michael Robison (
Date: 18 Feb 2005

Dave Zeltserman listed tough-guy writers:

1) Dashiell Hammett 2) Charles Willeford 3) Dan Marlowe 4) Paul Cain 5) Mickey Spillane

****************** Geez. I've never read anything by Dan Marlowe. Guess I oughta fix that, huh? Anything by him that stands out more than the rest?

The detective in Gores's INTERFACE was a real bad-ass.
 And, as discussed, Vachss has produced some heavy hitters, too. I haven't read any of them, but the Spenser novels by Parker have a tough reputation. I've mentioned before browsing through them at the bookstore and being delighted by a first sentence:
"When the phone rang, Spenser was in the garage killing a man." Haha! Loved it. Might not be verbatim. Close as I can remember.


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