--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, DJ-Anonyme@... wrote:
> Welcome, Michael. That sounds interesting. I understand that you're
> using father figure metaphorically, but it made me think. Are there any
> hardboiled detectives who are actual fathers? I can think of very few:
> Travis McGee found out he had a kid in one o his later books; Lew
> Griffin had a son, but little to no direct contact with him; Moe Praeger
> has a daughter; Richard Barre's PI (blanking on the name) lost a child.
> There are probably a few others, but it's rare. Certainly can't think
> of any "Detective & Sons" PI agency. And for all the lost children Lew
> Archer searched for, none was his.
If you accept uncles, there is Fredric Brown... I don't know why these
PIs don't have children. Maybe the writers, whose readership was
almost entirely male, did not want to remind their readers of such
unpleasant business as being a father. Talk about escapism.
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