RARA-AVIS: Nightmare Town

Thu, 16 Sep 1999 10:02:17 +500

I just read the review of the Hammett anthology in the New York Times Book review, and I'm steamed. The reviewer says things like, "Hammett is more written about than read," and "Nightmare Town" . . . . is unlikely to reverse his sagging literary fortunes," and "the tough-guy prose that once seemd hard-boiled to awestruck readers of Black Mask magazine now seems flappy and stilted, especially by comparison with later crime novelists like Raymond Chandler and James M. Cain."

Maybe it's just me but every word I've quoted seems incredibly wrong-headed.
 Not to mention stupid.

Bill Crider

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