Re: RARA-AVIS: Gangster novels

From: Al Guthrie (
Date: 06 Mar 2003

----- Original Message ----- From: "Robison Michael R CNIN" <>

> I read somewhere that, although many gangster novels preceded
> Burnett's LITTLE CAESAR, it was the first one to look at it from
> the gangster's end instead of from law enforcement. What other
> hardboiled gangster novel preceded it? What other hardboiled
> gangster novels came out in the 1930s? I can think of FAST ONE,
> GREEN ICE, and, marginally, SANCTUARY.

Haven't read it, but Armitage Trail's SCARFACE (1930) has a big reputation. Likewise Benjamin Appel's BRAIN GUY (1934).


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