RARA-AVIS: Re: James M. Cain

From: Tapani Bagge ( tapani.bagge@aina.fi)
Date: 06 Dec 2004

And I think you're absolutely right in this, Etienne. The Postman may be the most influential book in the hardboiled litterature, when you're not thinking of private eye stories. And it is really good.

  Tapani B.

> I think that the troika of American founders and source of many
> influences, should be made with James M. Cain. He linked to the
> naturalistic lit sources and accentuated the noir aspect of the HB
> genre, and he's from the early days as well (The Postman Always Rings
> Twice-1934). Practically anything that will follow in the HB/noir lit
> genre will owe something to Hammett, Chandler or Cain, or to a mix of
> these three.
> On the other hand I agree to say that James Cain could write real
> lemons, but when he was good... he was very good!

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