Re: RARA-AVIS: Hemingway, Hammett, Chandler and Parker

From: Brian Thornton (
Date: 19 May 2002


I agree. I was struck by the Similarities between "Pale Kings" and "Red Harvest" when I read the latter (having read Parker first, and coming at it backwards).

At 02:50 PM 5/15/02 -0700, you wrote:
>Re your comment below:
> > I'm not familiar with J.F. Cooper, and after
> > re-reading 'Red Harvest', I
> > think the similarities between Spenser and
> > Hammett's Continental Op are
> > even more striking. Spenser, while wry in his
> > assessments of the human
> > condition, just isn't as bitter as Marlowe. It
> > could just be me, though.
>Didn't Spenser appear in his own version of RED
>HARVEST. I think it was called PALE KINGS AND
>PRINCES. Cocaine dealer rather bootlegggers, but the
>same basic "town-tamer" plot (though not as well

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