Spenser has a dog and an all-but-adopted son who is a ballet dancer.
On 8/13/08, jacquesdebierue <email@example.com> wrote:
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org <rara-avis-l%40yahoogroups.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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