RARA-AVIS: Re: PI thanks and two movies

From: Kevin Burton Smith ( kvnsmith@thrillingdetective.com)
Date: 10 May 2006

miker wrote:

> Thanks for the recommendations on PI novels 1960
> through 1972. I raised the question because a recent
> PI criticism I read suggested that the quality of the
> PI genre went downhill during this period. I was
> skeptical and when I went through a list of hardboiled
> and noir I had read during this timeframe, I
> discovered that the PI had somewhat dropped out of the
> picture relative to earlier times.

Maybe, but within that time frame (or shortly thereafter), beside those already mentioned, we saw the introduction of Matt Scudder, Spenser, Amos Walker, Jim Rockford, Harry O, Shaft, Dave Brandstetter, Marsh Tanner, the DKA guys, Jacob Asch, Harry Stoner, Anna Lee, Milo Milodragovitch, C.W. Sughrue and a slew of others, making the seventies and early eighties, arguably the Golden Age of P.I. fiction.

Until the next one, of course.

Kevin Burton Smith The Thrilling Detective Web Site http://www.thrillingdetective.com

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