I like them too, along with Chandler. A couple of the old radio writers were pretty good too. I don't see how they did it pumping script after script out week after week. I always loved the cheesy dialogue in "Richard Diamond". I think that was Blake Edwards' work.
Probably. I know what you mean though. Ever read any of Ruth Rendell (NOT Inspector Wexfor) although they're good. No, her other books. The new novels--where she writes all this dark psychological stuff. INTERESTING characters, boy. I was on a ruth rendell kick, these kinds of books for months! then switched when I started wrting seriously. At that point I plunged into hardboiled American stuff.
i can't believe i never read her. but to be fair to myself, it wasn't because i was unaware of British writers. i was, until so recently, a horror novel addict. as a matter of fact i always thought james herbert the superior writer to stephen king. anyway, thanks for that.