Re: RARA-AVIS: Hard-Boiled Series Characters...Looking for Recommendations

Date: 18 Feb 2007


I agree with the suggestions already made, in particular the Lew Archer books by Ross MacDonald (as well as some of his stand alone work like The Ferguson Affair and The Three Roads). For something equally hard-boiled but in a somewhat different vain you should try Jonathan Gash's Lovejoy books. In fact, the Lovejoy series also makes for another good example of 'funny noir' that was recently discussed on this list.

Happy reading!


Quoting hgleejr <>:

> Greetings,
> Long-time lurker, first-time poster here...I was wondering what
> series characters I may have missed in my detective biliophily of the
> past two decades. For context, I am a *HUGE* Travis McGee, Harry
> Bosch, Spenser, and Matthew Scudder fan. I also enjoy the Lucas
> Davenport series (and, to a lesser extent, the Alex Cross series).
> I've seen postings on this list about Harry Crews and James Cain, and
> I'm wondering whether there are authors that have written series
> characters that I might enjoy. I am quite familiar with Chandler,
> Spillane, Stout, and Hammett, but I'm always looking for the
> overlooked, so to speak.
> I would welcome any suggestions (on or off list) that might uncover
> the next series character to keep me off the streets. Thank you for
> your time, and I look forward to the suggestions!
> Best Regards,
> -H.G. Lee

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