Father Figure (was Re: RARA-AVIS: Positions still open)

From: jacquesdebierue (jacquesdebierue@yahoo.com)
Date: 13 Aug 2008

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    --- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, 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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