Re: RARA-AVIS: San Francisco - Hammett and Gores

From: Mario Taboada (
Date: 05 Oct 2001

<<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?>>

For a writer of such stature, Gores hasn't written all that much. In that, he differs radically from his two great colleagues Block and Westlake. From interviews I've read, he's not a compulsive writer.

I think he is Hammett's heir, despite having created no equivalent of the Op. The affinity is in the crisp, straightforward, lightly ironic style and in the ability to create memorable scenes with the barest of materials.

In my opinion, _Hammett_ and _Interface_ alone would assure him a place among the greats. Not that this needs confirmation from me...




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