Re: RARA-AVIS: The Cain Line

Date: 06 Dec 2004

Juri wrote:

"I've said this here in an earlier occasion and I now repeat it: 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."

Juri, even though I'm more of a PI guy myself, I can certainly see how someone could feel the way you do. However, you've set up an unfair contrast to make your point. You are comparing the best of the Cain line with the worst of the Hammett/Chandler would-be heirs. Cain and his more worthy followers have also had a lot of crappy imitators, full of gratuitous viciousness and overdoses of misogyny, bad imitations of the surface traits without offering any of the substance beneath. From what I hear, Thompson and Cain themselves wrote a number of bad books late in their careers (I've only read the good, earlier stuff by each).


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