Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Spillane and misogyny

Date: 07 Jul 2006


Seems my conclusions were built on spotty memory, and the coincidence of which few ones I read -- I'm pretty sure they were I, the Jury and Kiss Me Deadly, maybe another. So it seems I read the ones where the killers were dames.

As for singling Spillane out fo some of these traits, I didn't mean to do that. For instance, I fully recognize a PI having a personal stake in a murder investigation is a standard. Indeed, it's almost necessary; how else would a PI get involved in a police investigation? (Yes, authors have come up with a number of other ways, but this has always been the most convincing, both for how they got involved in the first place and why they ignore police warnings to butt out.)

As you say, Spillane took a number of attributes that were already standard. Based on my slight, long ago reading of him, I believe he stripped those elements down to their basics. And maybe that's part of why I never continued on with him. All that was left were cliches and Hammer, and I never much liked Hammer.


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