From: William Denton (
Date: 24 Jan 2000

On 24 January 2000, wrote:

: I've recently read this book, about the hard-boiled pulps, and was
: somewhat disappointed.

Just to plump for O'Brien, don't forget the book was written 20 years ago or more, and a lot of new research and criticism has been done since then. Just look at what he says about Jim Thompson, for example, and then compare that to the reprints and two (!) biographies that came out in the

This isn't to say you have to like his criticism or analysis, but don't forget he was working with what little he could get his hands on.


William Denton : Toronto, Canada : : Caveat lector.

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