RARA-AVIS: Re: Cain Line

From: Jacques Debierue ( matrxtech@yahoo.com)
Date: 07 Dec 2004

Cain was very popular in books and film, and probably influential beyond the genres. I do detect some influence on Thompson, lots of influence on writers like Charles Williams and Gil Brewer, for example. Cain married melodrama to suspense in a wholly new way. His best writing is perfect (we discussed him here not that long ago). He did write dreadful books like Love's Lovely Counterfeit, a potboiler in which his writing is unrecognizable. On the other hand, The Butterfly is a repellent jewel. There was something very nasty about this writer.



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