RARA-AVIS: Carroll John Daly

From: Keith Alan Deutsch ( keithdeutsch@earthlink.net)
Date: 27 Apr 2000

Dear Bob,

Yes Daly is a hack, but a brilliant hack. Almost every cliche about the
"classic hard boiled detective" was invented ab ovum by Daly. Mike Hammer and Race Williams (or Three-Gun Terry) are obviously blood brothers (and Spillane admitted as much.) By the way, I realy enjoy Spillane, for awhile he was the most popular writer in America (by sales); but he often makes the same "terrible writing mistakes of excess" that Daly does. With the right attitude, Daly is a lot fun. Vigoruos, silly, but engaging first person narration.

RRandisi@aol.com wrote:

> This is an opinion that is widely shared. Daly is considered the father of
> the hard-boiled school, and also considered to have been a terrible writer.
> Bob Randisi

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