Re beatniks in p.i. novels:
Ross Macdonald's The Zebra-Striped Hearse
Thomas B. Dewey's A Sad Song Singing.
The latter is not one of Dewey's best, though it gives a pretty realistic
portrait of the times. In his later career, Dewey seemed to shift a little
from his Hammett-inspired lean, objective writing, dipping into
sentimentality, as he does here. Still, it's well worth reading. Dewey
remains among the most underappreciated of the followers of Hammett.
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