Re: RARA-AVIS: Paul Cain's Mean Grin

From: david david (
Date: 13 Sep 2006

hi adam, a favorite of mine in the third person is The Woman Chaser by Charles Willeford. it is cinematic by design, but i won't say more about that--get either of the two reissues, unless you wanna shell out a hundred bucks for an original. i don't know how many on RA agree, but i get more complicated pleasures from Willeford than any other noir writer i've encountered so far. maybe it's because i find his work so simultaneously horrifying and funny as hell. And i am talking here about his early works--i am embarassed to say i still haven't gotten to the hoke mosely series.

--- vagrantpacific <> wrote:

> Hey everyone, my name's Adam Haynes and I've been
> lurking around for a couple of
> months and wanted to introduce myself.
> Also, just finished Paul Cain's Fast One. Fantastic.
> Loved how the narration was almost
> completely on the surface -- what you see is
> basically what you get. Hardly any thoughts
> or feelings or anything else from the interior
> world.
> Haven't seen a lot of third person narrative styles
> this absolutely spare and tight and was
> wondering where I can find more.
> take care,
> adam

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