Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Walter Mosley and bad-ass sidekicks

From: Michael Jeter (
Date: 02 Sep 2008

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    Why do people ascribe amorality/immorality/psychotic labels to Hawk?

    Hawk shows up, I belive, in the third book.


    On Mon, Sep 1, 2008 at 10:25 AM, <> wrote:
    > As has been mentioned, Parker popularized the amoral/immoral sidekick
    > that does the violent acts that give the more upright knight pause. And
    > since Spenser/Hawk, it's become a genre standard. A few that come to
    > mind:

    > moral/psycho zebra pairing before Hawk entered the Spenser series (I
    > forget, in which book did Hawk first appear?),
    > Then there is Crais's Joe Pike. Can be far more lethal and expedient
    > than Elvis Cole, specially in the earlier books where he's more of a
    > cipher, but there is never any hint of immorality. In fact, most of his
    > kicking ass seems to come from a moral certainty. Of course, Hawk has
    > his code, too, bringing it full circle.

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