Re your question below:
"Hammett, Chandler & Macdonald took the hard-boiled California pee eye in new directions. Each one used the formula, the conventions of the genre , and took off in a different direction. Each one did it differently, and each one did it courage and conviction. Should we make it a quartet? Fine. Who else has taken the genre in new directions?"
Sticking strictly to P.I., and to California writers, I would say, for reasons I've gone into in earlier posts, Joe Gores.
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