Re: RARA-AVIS: The Cain Line

From: Bill Crider (
Date: 06 Dec 2004

 Juri said: ". . .the line coming from James M. Cain is more interesting than the line coming from Hammett and Chandler. We wouldn't have Jim Thompson, we wouldn't have Day Keene's and Gil Brewer's best works etc. The other line has lots of crappy imitators, full of empty PI bubble and overdose of similes and supposedly funny lines."

We wouldn't have Charles Williams, for sure. Oddly enough, John D. MacDonald's most Cain-influenced novel, WEEP FOR ME, is one that he didn't like and wouldn't allow to be reprinted except once. Maybe he thought it was too much like Cain. CLEMMIE is another one that seems influenced by Cain, but maybe MacDonald liked that one better. I think it was reprinted often.

Bill Crider

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