RARA-AVIS: Raoul Whitfield's Green Ice

From: Vince Keenan ( vpkeenan@hotmail.com)
Date: 26 Oct 2004

I tracked down Whitfield's novel after a conversation with a book store owner, who said that it and Paul Cain's FAST ONE were the most hard-boiled books ever written.

How accurate is that assessment? I still haven't been able to scare up a copy of FAST ONE.

I made it through the end of GREEN ICE and found plenty to admire, but on the whole I can't say that I liked it. You won't find writing more taut than Whitfield's. But Mal Ourney's quest (to go reformer and "protect the little crooks from the big ones") never gelled for me, and the story lurches all over the place.

Still, flipping through the book again and finding some cherce lines makes me think I ought to give it another shot.


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