Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Real Cool Killers

From: Ed Lynskey (
Date: 18 Jul 2007

--- Michael Robison <> wrote:
> Channing wrote:
> That is some sweet social commentary. I will suggest
> that both Himes and Spillane have social commentary
> but Himes'is just a wee bit more subtle.
> ************
> Miker wrote:
> Choosing to interpret the rantings of the protagonist
> as the social subtext is a straw man argument. If you
> so desired, you could find plenty of similar rantings
> in Himes's work. And if I wanted to play that game, I
> could derive plenty of nasty social commentaries from
> Himes that you probably wouldn't feel comfortable
> with.
IIRC, Spillane (Mike Hammer) takes a cut at Uncle Sam and Big Brother in BLACK ALLEY. I don't remember the context it was used in, but reading the comment gave me pause. I do remember I enjoyed reading BLACK ALLEY.


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