RARA-AVIS: Real Cool Killers

From: Michael Robison ( miker_zspider@yahoo.com)
Date: 17 Jul 2007

Con Lehane wrote:

I think his view of the absurd--in the Camus sense--is what's distinctive about the Coffin Ed Johnson Grave Digger Jones books. My own humble opinion is that the books were a kind of burlesque of the Hammett
(Spillaine) view of the world.

**************** I do think that The Real Cool Killers is at least partially a parody of hardboiled. I think I'd probably hesitate to agree with it being absurd in a Camus sense, though. To me, the absurdity is just a superficial part of the situational humor, but I think the passion, commitment, and idealism that Grave Digger and Coffin Ed display, especially coupled with the results they get, undermine Camus.


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