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Booze and the Private Eye: Alcohol in the Hard-Boiled Novel Paperback – August, 2004

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About the Author

Rita Elizabeth Rippetoe is an independent scholar of genre fiction, with an emphasis on detective fiction. She has written on a variety of subjects, including the works of John le Carré, Dorothy Sayers, and William Faulkner. She lives in Orangevale, California.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 207 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company; 1St Edition edition (August 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786418990
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786418992
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,887,277 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rippetoe's topic is interesting, and she digs up a lot of fascinating detail on the drinking habits of fictional hard-boiled detectives like Philip Marlowe, Lew Archer, Mike Hammer, Nick Charles and Spenser. Along the way she also comments on the drinking and drinking problems of their creators (Raymond Chandler, Ross Macdonald, Mickey Spillane, Dashiell Hammett and Robert B. Parker, respectively.) The weakness is that it's alway difficult translating an academic dissertation or thesis into a popular tradebook.
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