Re: RARA-AVIS: Work Through This

From: Patrick King (
Date: 05 Nov 2007

--- wrote:

> Which is the book
> where he starts off a drunk and has to sober up to
> save Velma? Isn't
> that just the kind of dealing with booze that
> Patrick complained about?


He drinks hot coffee with Pat and gets over it. I wouldn't say he "works through" the problem. I don't think he even throws up. Hammer's ability to handle booze is quite magical in all the books. My point is, be it Hammer with booze or Spade with sociopaths, most people cannot hope to deal with reality in this same manner. That's what makes this escapist material. Mike Hammer in an AA meeting sounds like a George Carlin routine. Spillane would never have done it because the idea is a downer.

Patrick King

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