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

Date: 13 Aug 2008

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    Michael wrote:

    "One thing that makes a person ¨hard - boiled¨ is hurt, pain, lonliness -- the knowledge that the beautiful ¨dame¨ that hires you wouldn´t have you, unless there was something really, really, wrong with her."

    Which would certainly explain why that Nelson Algren line (from Walk on the Wild Side) about never sleeping wih a woman with more problems than you ownfloats around so much in hardboiled. Lew Archer says it in one book, attributing it to a great man from Chicago, and James Crumley attributes it to Lew Archer as the epigraph for The Wrong Case.


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