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Thursday, May 03, 2007

What is it about hardboiled characters and classical music?

I am just reading another Chandler/Marlowe novel and researching on Marlowe I find that he likes classical music. Well, that's funny because Wallander in Mankell's mysteries also likes it, and so does Peter Temple's character in The Broken Shore - which I didn't finish since it's too boring. Why do crime writers imagine that detectives would like classical music? Is it to make them look more subtle and interesting? Is it because the authors like that music themselves? Even Charles Bukowsky in one of his trash novels describes his passion for Bach on the radio. Maybe these characters are all a bit outdated, maybe a hip detective today ought to listen to the Arctic Monkeys on his ipod?

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