Re: RARA-AVIS: Chandler's opinion of James M Cain

From: Anthony Smith (
Date: 11 Nov 2000

>As for ranking Cain, Chandler and MacDonald-

So people will ask this exact question.

But not ranking according to objective ideas, but rather personal preference, and I'm sure it comes across in other things I read and in my own writing.

So, I say of the 3, Cain makes an ipact on me that the others do not, even though I am an enormous admirer of all three. They were different. And the differences make the hard-boiled tradition stronger. No arguments from me if someone juggles them differently.

Neil Smith

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