Re: RARA-AVIS: Hard-Boiled Series Characters...Looking forRecommendations

From: Brian Thornton (
Date: 18 Feb 2007

Yes, yes, a thousand times yes!

Everyone knows about Hammett and Chandler, even if they've not actually read thier stuff.

Ross MacDonald, supposedly the third of the so-called "Big Three" had a far greater output than either of these two (not to say that he was "better," because he wasn't, but his work was consistently good across the board, and sometimes, as in such masterpieces as THE CHILL, BLACK MONEY, THE GALTON CASE, THE WYCHERLY WOMAN, and the wonderfully named THE ZEBRA-STRIPED HEARSE).

Ross MacDonald. Great call.


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  Subject: Re: RARA-AVIS: Hard-Boiled Series Characters...Looking forRecommendations


  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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