--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "gsp.schoo@..." <gsp.schoo@...> wrote:
For Spade it was just business. He's more akin to Richard Stark's
Parker than the private detectives who preceded or followed.
Good point. Parker is a reverse Hammett hero. There are some echoes of
_The Gutting of Couffignal_ in Slayground, which I reread recently. Hammett remains astonishingly modern, eight decades later, which is amazing. Not just excellent and classic, but modern. Not many writers achieve that.
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