Re your comment below:
"It sounds like he's channelling Ellroy... I wonder if people who have
to constantly read, write and talk the awful non-language that is
legal and formalistic language (also archaic) don't end up so sick of
it that they yearn for the hardboiled style. The hardboiled style is,
after all, the style of the street. People in the street don't bother
with moreovers and notwithstandings. They don't deal in words for the
sake of words."
Good God, T!
Don't tell me you're actually suggesting that style is somehow a necessary component of hard-boiled?
Everyone knows that ANY crime novel that "tough," quite apart from style, is hard-boiled. I thought a colloquial style, the use of the "style of the street" as you call it, doesn't come into it at all.
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