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    August 04, 2011


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    Poirot and Philo Vance both come to mind.


    Along the same lines as Bulldog Drummond: The Saint.

    He's sort of a detective. Sometimes. And he calls it "bumping off the ungodly" whenever he kills someone.

    I don't have any problems reading about a detective using lethal force in theory, but writing about an executioner can lead to some pretty flimsy stories in practice.


    Also: Grave Digger Jones and Coffin Ed Johnson from Chester Himes' books about Harlem. (The Real Cool Killers, Blind Man with a Pistol, etc.)

    Those books are so violent it's downright hallucinatory. They are the closest thing I can find to Red Harvest by Dashiell Hammett: that note-perfect blend of literate, truthful prose and over-the-top mayhem.


    This will be a SPOILER for anyone who might intend to read it. I just read a Sherlock Holmes novel by L.B. Greenwood (Sherlock Holmes and the Case of Sabina Hall) in which Holmes strongly suggested that the culprit do himself in.

    Les Blatt

    Bill, you just reminded me that the original Sherlock Holmes was also known to encourage the occasional wrongdoer to commit suicide. He was also, in at least one story (The Speckled Band) able to arrange the villain's demise by reversing the trap said villain was trying to set for a victim.

    Josiah, I suspect there are more examples among noir and hard-boiled detectives than I can imagine. I've heard good things about Himes, but never read him.


    I posted this a few days ago on the GADetection group:

    It's not an uncommon phenomenon for a GAD-era novel to kill-off the murderer after exposing him or her, but the manner in which Wolfe disposes of the murderer in "Booby Trap" takes it a step or two further – and in "Black Orchids," another WWII novella, he follows in the footsteps of Reggie Fortune and Mrs. Bradley!

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