RE: RARA-AVIS: Gangster novels

From: Robison Michael R CNIN (
Date: 06 Mar 2003

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

That is an amazing coincidence that you mention Trail's book. I said here recently that I'm just about ready to start going through some hardboiled stories from the 20s and 30s, and last night I picked up Maxim's MAMMOTH BOOK OF PULP FICTION and I looked through it for pre- 1940s stuff and I found Trail's story "Enter Scarface" and read it. I didn't know he had a SCARFACE novel out. The short reminded me a lot of Hemingway's two hardboiled stories, "Fifty Grand" and "The Killers." Although the story was very short, Trail seemed like a fairly good author. The story also reminded me of Crane's MAGGIE.

Thanks again, miker

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