Re: RARA-AVIS: Real Cool Killers

From: Michael Robison (
Date: 14 Jul 2007

Allan Guthrie wrote:

Himes was one of a kind... I don't see him being at all like Spillane, though.

*********** Really? Well, I can mention a few ways that I see The Real Cool Killers as being similar to Spillane's Mike Hammer novels.

1. His two protagonists are raging extemists.

2. The protagonists see violence as a favored option in dealing with anyone who gets in the way of them achieving their goals.

3. The goals of the protagonists do not exactly parallel the law.

4. The protagonists live in a violent and crime-filled world.

5. When the protagonists occasionally decide to exhibit a little compassion, a fallen woman is a standard choice.

6. The protagonists succeed because of their violent vigilante ways.


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