Re: RARA-AVIS: Hammett or Daly?

Bob Toomey (
Tue, 26 Oct 1999 00:32:30 -0400

> What led (Carroll John) Daly to start writing the way he did? I don't
> know anything about his life or previous stories.

I don't know much about him either. From what little I've read, he was, like a lot of writers, a nice quiet fellow with a violent imagination. I doubt he considered himself an innovator. He was following in the tradition of dime novel westerns, moving their vigilante and gunslinger heroes into an urban setting and updating the slang. Hammett did the same. What's _Red Harvest_ but a slightly urbanized western? In fact, Hammett did a sly parody of the dude-goes-west tale in "Corkscrew," even putting the Op briefly on the back of a bucking bronco. It's a tradition that continues to this day, as Bill Crider, Elmore Leonard, Bill Pronzini, Loren Estleman, and many others can tell you. A good doctoral thesis could probably be written on the cross-fertilization of the western and the hardboiled mystery, if it hasn't already been done to death.


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