Re: RARA-AVIS: Blackmailers Don't Shoot

From: Mario Taboada (
Date: 12 Mar 2004

I actually prefer the early, unadorned Chandler. This particular story is a fine example of the quality pulp style of Hammett and Whitfield. An even finer example is
"I'll be waiting". Not a lot of wisecracking, few and well-chosen similes, a tense and exciting piece of work. Even before Chandler turned to the novel, he was one of the best writers of pulp mystery shorts and novelettes.



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