Of Birds and Potatoes
Mar 31, 2020 6:18
“Down these mean streets a man must go who is not himself mean, . . . He must be, to use a rather weathered phrase, a man of honor . . .”
The detective hero, and the detective novel, are not an American invention. But a few authors like Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler made them as American as apple pie. The attitude of Chandler’s hard-edged, soft-hearted, wise-cracking hero and the atmosphere of Chandler’s Los Angeles were as unmistakably American as Humphrey Bogart, who played Marlowe in the 1946 film version of Chandler’s The Big Sleep.