Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Politically incorrect

If you, like me, enjoy reading thrillers, detective stories and tales of international intrigue, but become annoyed when the ultra violent hero's political opinions turn out to be liberal and politically correct, then you might enjoy David Forsmark's "18 Fictional Heroes On the Right Side from the Literary World" [In the process of writing he added one, so there are finally nineteen.] He introduces them, in part, as follows:
...[H]ere, in somewhat chronological order, are 18 of the best heroes to star in their own series of mysteries, thrillers, and espionage novels. Some are not overtly political, but none are politically correct—still others deserve mention because they swam upstream against the prevailing literary trend of the time.

Note: Such stellar authors who definitely lean to the right as Dean Koontz, Andrew Klavan, Ralph Peters, and Joseph Wambaugh, are not included because they primarily write stand alone novels, and their work is not primarily identified with a dominant hero.
Among the "fictional heros" are several I have enjoyed a lot: Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe, John D. MacDonald's Travis McGee, Dick Francis's Sid Halley [and all the Halleys by other names], Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch, and Robert Crais's Elvis Cole and Joe Pike. Many of the others I have not read and I have a lower opinion than his of a few of those I have read. But there is a lot of good entertaining stuff here. I just finished a recent Connelly and the most recent Crais. Another Connelly is about to come out and Lincoln Lawyer, a film based on another of his characters, is about to hit the theaters.

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