Shadows by John Gardner Writing Style & Techniques

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In all detective fiction, the work proceeds from the characterization of the hero. Craine seems almost a parody of the traditional fictional detective: Whereas Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot forget nothing, Craine practices voluntary amnesia; whereas Ross Macdonald's Lew Archer has eagle eyes and subtle powers of observation, Craine is near-sighted; whereas Robert B. Parker's Spenser is physically fit, Craine is decrepit, out of shape, and recovering from an operation for colon cancer; whereas Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe is a two-fisted drinker, Craine is an alcoholic who is surprised in one of the fragments to discover that he has gotten through half a day without a drink. Like Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe (whom he in no other way resembles), Craine is an avid reader of esoteric texts. He buys a used Bible and a book on Sanskrit; he also steals one on clairvoyance. Unlike Wolfe, however, Craine forgets...

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Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction and Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults
Shadows from Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction and Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.
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