From: Jennifer Howard ( howardjen@washpost.com)
Date: 04 Dec 2003

Mario wrote:

>His prose, especially in narration, has an internal rhythm that seems
just right. That's my definition of great prose.<

I've never had that reaction to Hammett's prose. It's fascinating how what sounds clunky to one person can strike another's ear as perfectly balanced--another reminder of how wildly subjective all these judgments are. That said, Chandler still gets my vote.


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