Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Spillane and misogyny

Date: 12 Jul 2006

Channing wrote:

"And you can't discount Spillane's influence on post 1940's hardboiled novels (more sex, more blood, more moral ambiguity)."

Do you really think there's moral ambiguity in Hammer? Seemed to me that his vengeance was depicted as very righteous, based on a strict eye for an eye morality.

As for influence, in Saint with a Gun, William Ruehlman argues that the whole -Er (Exeutioner, Destroyer, etc) subgenre is an offshoot of Spillane's revenge tales. And I can't imagine Vachss's Burke righteous vengeance without Hammer.


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