RARA-AVIS: Re: Perhaps a more relevant suggestion for the sports noir discussio

From: JIM DOHERTY ( jimdohertyjr@yahoo.com)
Date: 24 Feb 2008


Re your response to Patrick below:

"Hardboiled? Soft-boiled? Parboiled? I suppose it's in the mind of the reader. But I think some (not all) of Francis' novels are filled with too much sadistic violence and detailed torture, too many depressed heroes with wives or relatives dying of cancer or living in iron lungs, too many animal mutilations, too many truly sociopathic villains to be put in the Christie-Queen- Stout category. And if the Sid Halley novels aren't hardboiled, with the hapless jockey-turned- private detective getting more of his destroyed hand lopped off in each, then I'd be hard-pressed to come up with a book that is."

Well said! Saves me the trouble of saying it.


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