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Huge
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  • Paperback: Jul 2009,
    320 pages.

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BB: Is Eugene based upon anyone in particular?

JF: I hope no one is terribly disappointed by this, but Eugene "Huge" Smalls isn't based on anyone in particular nor is he a composite of characteristics drawn from real people (at least no real people I know or have known). He is, however, pretty explicitly cut from the cloth of fictional hard-boiled detectives such as Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe and Dashiell Hammett's Sam Spade, among others, and he's also a kid, a somewhat precocious, almost-thirteen-year-old kid who has problems, a foul mouth, has experienced his share of difficulties and is trying to figure out not only who vandalized the sign at his grandmother's retirement home, but also where he stands in the small town pecking order of things before he begins junior high in two weeks. So, I've always thought of Huge's character as mostly an attempt to explore the back-story that's missing from Chandler and Hammett's novels - how ...

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