Thanks for both the info and corrections.
On Wed, Aug 13, 2008 at 6:19 PM, JIM DOHERTY <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> Re your analysis of the MIKE HAMMER series below:
> "A woman who loves Hammer, especially a woman Hammer literally
> touches, must die, and my dad used to say as we watched the show and
> saw Mike/Stacy Keach take a new girl, 'Well, sheŽll be dead by the end
> of the show.'"
> That's actually a fairly accurate depiction of how Hammer's love life plays
> out in the books, except that, quite often, the love interest in a given
> book might also turn out to be the villain (which I think happened on
> several of the TV episodes, too), and Hammer is the one who either kills the
> love interest, or contrives to get her killed.
> "Of course, there were two women, his secretary Della, and the Lady in
> Red, whom Mike never would or could touch, who always lived.
> My former wife saw this treatment as misogynist, yet it does appear
> part and parcel of the genre, with some exceptions."
> Mike's secretary (and, for practical purposes, business partner, since she
> had her own PI license) was named Velda. Della was Perry Mason's secretary.
> The Woman in Red was a character created specifically for the TV series, and
> had no counterpart in the books.
> In the upcoming Hammer novel, THE GOLIATH BONE, there are rumors that Velda
> will finally become Mrs. Hammer.
> JIM DOHERTY
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