Re: RARA-AVIS: cases by gores

Date: 15 Jul 2002


Re your comment below:

> He [Joe Gores] is the contemporary Hammett. The
> same
> detached and nonchalant tone, a similar sense of
> humor, the
> same skill in condensing the action.

His stylistic similairty to Hammett is particularly interesting in light of the striking parallels to their lives.

Consider this condensed bio:

A young man arrives in San Francisco seeking fame and fortune, and promptly gets a job with a large PI agency. Some years after leaving the work, he starts selling a series of short stories, based on his experiences as a private detective, to the leading crime fiction magazine of the day. Later he extends the series into three novels. He goes on to write a crisp, novel about a slightly shady PI (who may not be as crooked as everyone thinks he is) in an extremly terse, extremely objective third person style, that is widely regarded as one of the best PI novels ever published. After a few more novels he has a faIrly lucrative career as a script-writer in the film and broadcast mediums.

Of course that's a description of Hammett, but it applies equally well (at least it did until the publication of 32 CADILLACS brought the number of DKA novels to four instead of three) to Gores. No wonder Gores felt compelled to write HAMMETT.


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