Re: RARA-AVIS: Hammett or Daly?

Mario Taboada (
Mon, 25 Oct 1999 11:59:37 -0700 (PDT)

Anthony Dauer:

<<So Hammett's the first successful hard-boiled detective novel ...>>

I think that Daly's _The Hidden Hand_ (1928) appeared before Hammett's first. This novel was reissued by Harper and someone here pointed out that it's available electronically (for a fee). It's pure camp, but the action scenes are extremely effective. That's Daly's great contribution; as an action writer, he could surpass Hammett (average Hammett, not a masterpiece like _The Gutting of Couffignal_!).



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