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

From: terry bowman (foolesgold@gmail.com)
Date: 14 Aug 2008

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    Let's not forget Dave Robicheaux's adopted daughter Alafair, who is as disgruntled at his hard-boiledness as the rest us. I think JLB tries to mke hime as unlikable as possible.


    --- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, JIM DOHERTY <jimdohertyjr@...> wrote:
    > Michael,
    > 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.

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