RARA-AVIS: Re: George V. Higgins, Coen bros

From: Kevin Burton Smith ( kvnsmith@colba.net)
Date: 20 Jan 2000

>In a Showtime interview after a showing of THE BIG LEBOWSKI, the
>Coen Brothers cited Raymond Chandler multiple times.

Like Paul and Bob, I'd definitely add Hammett, as well. And once again, let me point any fans of the Coens or hardboiled writing to Ethan's collection of short stories, THE GATES OF EDEN. They're not all hard-boiled, not by a long shot, but the pastiches are dead-on, in my opinion. A two-fisted, hard-drinking, hard-boiled weights-and-measures inspector? It's a hoot!

And the boxing story in Coen's book, and the one in Hammett's NIGHTMARE TOWN, could almost be soulmates.

Kevin Burton Smith The Thrilling Detective Web Site http://www.colba.net/~kvnsmith/thrillingdetective/ This month: There's still time to vote for the 1999 Thrillies, and check out some thrilling new fiction by Don McGregor and Mark Coggins!

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