Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: The popularity of the Private Investigator

From: Michael Robison (
Date: 18 Feb 2006

Mark wrote:

I agree, but I'm having trouble thinking of what profession is the current embodiment of that figure. Perhaps a lawyer? Or maybe it's someone who manages to be a loner within and institutional setting?

**************** Just off the top of my head, I'd say a cop. Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch. Martin Cruz Smith's Arkady. Thomas Harris's Starling and Graham. Problem being with my opinion on this is that it's weighted to what I like, rather than answering the more populist view you are looking for. I don't hate lawyers, but Gresham taught me to hate lawyer novels, and I'm not even about to start in on medical thrillers.

Of those four I mentioned, they all manage to fit well within the framework of the last sentence I quoted of yours. They are within the system, but fighting it constantly. Of course, some of them are perhaps too dated to fit the contemporary time frame you are talking about. What can I say? The most recent I've read has usually been out of print for years.


__________________________________________________ Do You Yahoo!? Tired of spam? Yahoo! Mail has the best spam protection around

RARA-AVIS home page:
  Yahoo! Groups Links

<*> To visit your group on the web, go to:

<*> To unsubscribe from this group, send an email to:

<*> Your use of Yahoo! Groups is subject to:

This archive was generated by hypermail 2b29 : 18 Feb 2006 EST