I agree with pretty much everything you said. I certainly did not mean
to imply that enjoying a genre in general required a blanket acceptance
of all of its practitioners, on either social or aesthetic grounds. In
fact, I'm not a fan of Spillane's either (or Vachss's Burke, either, for
that matter; a contemporary Hammer with a different boogey man).
As for being valid literature, I just want a good story, which can be
found in any genre.
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