glorifying violence (was Re: RARA-AVIS: Elmore Leonard)

From: terry bowman (
Date: 22 Jul 2008

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    >> It seems safe to say Spillane glorifies Hammer's violence, though there
    >> may be disagreement about whether or not that's a good thing. But what
    >> about, say, Pelecanos's shootouts? Do they glorify violence? Or do
    >>they expose the consequences of violence, especially glorified violence?

    >I've only read 2 of Pelecanos' books King Suckerman, and another Nick one, can't
    >remember the title. I liked King Suckerman despite the violence and the
    >molestation, but the other Nick one (about VCRs/drugs) I really felt I couldn't
    >identify with Nick.

    Pelecanos later works have toned down as he's refined his craft. His work on THE WIRE is masterful and all of his Derek Strange books are highly recommended.

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