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

Date: 19 May 2002


Re your comment below:

> 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).

Actually, the "town-tamer" plot is almost as ubiquitous in PI fiction as the "valuable quest object" plot.

Hammett's short story "Corkscrew" is something of a dress rehearsal for RED HARVEST. Cleve Adams did several variations in his Rex McBride series, including the first, SABOTAGE. Jonathan Latimer's SOLOMON'S VINEYARD is probably the best "town-tamer" novel excepting HARVEST. Others include one of the last Shell Scotts, THE SWEET RIDE, and one of the best Mike Shaynes, A TASTE FOR VIOLENCE.


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