RARA-AVIS: San Francisco - Hammett and Gores

From: M Blumenthal ( blumenidiot@21stcentury.net)
Date: 04 Oct 2001

Joe Gores should be the natural descendent of Dashiell Hammett. Like Hammett, Gores spent considerable time as a private detective in San Francisco and has many of of his books based there.. He even wrote the fictional HAMMETT. Yet, except for the previously noted book and possibly INTERFACE, which has a gimmick, to my knowledge he has never had a conventional pi figure like the Op and never written a straight pi novel like the Falcon. Most of his boooks are either those of the DKA series which are really pi procedurals or tales of revenge which often are quite dark.

I have read a lot of Gores' books, but not all so I may be unaware of a lot of his works. Does anybody have any thoughts or knowledge about this? Mark

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