RARA-AVIS: Re: Florida Writers

From: jacquesdebierue (jacquesdebierue@yahoo.com)
Date: 17 Aug 2008

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    --- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, "Michael Jeter"
    <michael.damian.jeter@...> wrote:
    > Could someone define ¨soft - boiled¨ detective?

    A detective who is not a hardboiled character. Actually, there is hardboiled (Marlowe), midboiled (George Harmon Coxe's reporter investigators, for example) and softboiled (any number of amateur detectives, including Miss Marple, as mentioned). But the boiledness is applied both to the characters and to the situations. A softboiled detective could find himself in a hardboiled world. It's possible, as it is possible for Marlowe to land where pearls are a nuisance.



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