All Hawk's Children
Okay, maybe Robert Parker didn't start it, but the popularity of Spenser and his cool-as-death once and future mob enforcer Hawk, who does the stuff even Spenser won't do, sparked a trend for deadly sidekicks we still haven't quite recovered from.
|The Kick-Ass sidekick||The Eye|
by Ralph Dennis
|Atlanta eye Hardman's trusty black sidekick, Hump Evans is a former pro football player. The series began around the same time as Parker's did, so this one may be a case of great minds thinking alike, actually.|
by Benjamin J. Schutz
|A Vietnam vet/martial arts expert/bounty hunter. Schutz claims he made a conscious decision that Haggerty would have to bear his own cupability (unlike some other P.I.s with sidekicks we could mention), that Arnie may have been better at it, but Haggerty was always involved and culpable in any killings.|
by Walter Mosley
|Easy's stone cold killer pal. Hawk is scary, Mouse is disturbing AND scary.|
by Robert Crais
|Elvis' so-called "sociopathic sidekick" is an ex-Marine and part-time mercenary and gunshop owner. He says about four lines of dialogue a book. At least until L.A. Reqiuiem.|
by Harlan Coben
|Imagine Hawk if he looked like Niles, on television's Frasier. GQ via Soldier of Fortune.|
by Richard R. Werry
|A 6'8" black ex-Marine and former pro football player turned karate instructor.|
by Janet Evanovich
Stephanie's bounty-hunting Cuban-American mentor, Ranger, is almost as scary as her grandmother, who is very scary indeed.
In High Five, Evanovich describes him "his features are Anglo, his eyes Latino, his skin is the color of a mocha latte, and his body is as good as a body can get."
by Dennis Lehane's
|Patrick and Angela's friend (and gunrunner by trade) is described in A Drink Before the War as "an absolute anachronism in these times--he hates everything and everybody except Angie and myself, but unlike others of similar inclination, he doesn't waste any time thinking about it. He doesn't write letters to the editor or hate mail to the president, he doesn't form groups or stage marches or consider his hate as anything other than a completely natural aspect of his world, like breathing or the shot glass. Bubba has all the self-awareness of a carburetor and takes even less notice of anyone else--unless they get in his way. He's six feet four inches, 235 pounds of raw adrenaline and disassociated anger. And he'd shoot anyone who blinked at me the wrong way."|
by James Lee Burke
|Presenting the anti-Dave. He's a fat, sweaty, morally dubious fuck-up, and doesn't give a shit about anything, except maybe Dave and his pork-pie hat. He's also a nice change of pace from Dave's endless, tiresome self-beatification program.|
by W. Glenn Duncan
|This gunshop owner isn't above taking the merchandise out for a test drive. Rafferty refers to him as"the most dangerous man alive."|
by Robert B. Parker
|If imitation is the highest form of flattery, here Parker flatters himself. Spike is to Sunny what Hawk is to Spenser, if you can imagine Hawk as a flamboyant gay restaurant owner and martial arts expert.|
by Elizabeth Cosin
|And the winner for the Most Unfortunately-Named
Psycho Sidekick is...
(No doubt Boo Boo was considered, but Yogi already had a sidekick with that name...)
A special thanks to Gerald So for his help with this one.