Re: RARA-AVIS: My Gun is Quick

From: Brandt Dodson (
Date: 17 Mar 2006

I'm a big fan of Spillane and I also liked "I, The Jury" better than "My Gun is Quick", but for different reasons.

I'm big on setting. I felt the atmosphere, mood and setting were better in "Jury."

My own series (Colton Parker Mystery series) was inspired largely on the "Noir" films I used to watch as a kid and the books I read. Chandler, Hammett, MacDonald and others all had strong influence on me (and I'm willing to bet, on all of us).

My first novel, "Original Sin" was written in the style it was because that was the style I read. Parker did an excellent job - I think - in reintroducing the PI to readers in a way that maintained the momentum established by Chandler, et al. But Spillane's approach to women might not be as well received.

At any rate, I am awaiting reviews of my own, so maybe I shouldn't be as critical of a master like Mickey.

Brandt Dodson
----- Original Message ----- From: "Michael Robison" <> To: <> Sent: Friday, March 17, 2006 6:59 PM Subject: RARA-AVIS: My Gun is Quick

> Somebody mentioned this recently. I just finished it.
> I didn't like it as much as I, The Jury. I'm not a
> big stickler for realistic plots, but there were more
> than a couple points that required a liberal nod to
> fictional license. The cop Pat is remains a poorly
> developed character. Delighted me to see Mike quoting
> Shakespeare, though. My Gun is Quick doesn't do much
> to bolster Spillane haters who declare Hammer's
> misogyny. Hammer shows a fair amount of sensitivity
> to the female predicament in the book. In noir it's
> not hard to draw the line between the good girl and
> the femme fatale. Spillane appears to be big into the
> fallen angel.
> Loading up for vacation now. We'll make a trip to the
> bookstore this weekend for a few new ones. I'm
> getting a hankering for some more Southern Gothic.
> Maybe Faulkner. Maybe Larry Brown or Cormac McCarthy.

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