RARA-AVIS: Still on Hammett

From: juri.nummelin@pp.inet.fi
Date: 05 Sep 2006

Jim Doherty:

> What Hammett did, that was done so seldom in the
> traditional mystery (at that particular period), was
> create characters you could believe would do these
> things, and describe the events with such style that,
> as Chandler put it, he wrote scenes that "seemed never
> to have been written before."

Maybe that's one of Hammett's legacies: he forced even traditional mystery writers to create believable characters to act in a believable word. I understand things like this happen in Ruth Rendell and P.D. James.


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