Re: RARA-AVIS: Fast One

From: Al Guthrie (
Date: 07 Mar 2003

----- Original Message ----- From: "jumblejim" <>

> A little belatedly, I've just finished Paul Cain's widely and wildly
> FAST ONE. I can't say I caught the fever. Aside from the ending, which
> bleak as they come and worthy of the other Cain, I found the story very
> to follow, motivations cluttered, and characters barely distinguishable.
> It's good, hard writing, but I had to force myself to stay with it, as I
> couldn't pick it up again after a few hours and remember who was who and
> what it was about. Those last three or four pages, though, are worth
> remembering.

I also found the plot impossible to follow (still thought the writing was terrific, though). When FAST ONE is next printed (which it surely will be), I think there's a strong case for the publisher supplying a detailed synopsis.


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