RARA-AVIS: Origins of noir

From: Michael Robison ( miker_zspider@yahoo.com)
Date: 27 Oct 2004

Brian Evankovich wrote:

FAST ONE is a tough read. You're better off trying Cain's other book, SEVEN SLAYERS, which, since it's a set of short stories, is easier to digest. I've read Fast One three times - the first time, I could barely figure out what was going on or follow the writing because it's so choppy. But now it's one of my favorites and I'm a huge Cain fan.

************* FAST ONE weighed in at an interesting time in hardboiled history. Gangster stories had preceded it, but they were almost all told from the good guy's point of view. FAST ONE was one of the earlier hardboiled novels to approach the subject from the crook's point of view. Others that come to mind are LITTLE CAESAR and SCARFACE. I haven't read SCARFACE yet, but I loved the movie. LITTLE CAESAR sucked.

Influenced by the pessimistic determinism of American Naturalism, these hardboiled stories told from the crook's point of view marked the origin of noir.


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