Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: old hard-boiled

From: Michael Robison (
Date: 22 Sep 2006

Vladimir wrote:

Thanks for your answer on my question about the pioneers of hard-boiled gangster novel! Probably W.R.Burnett was the first. But D.H.Clarke have also one book about New York's underworld - "In The Reign of Rothstein" (1923).

************ From what I understand, there were numerous gangster novels before Little Caesar, although I can't name them. The distinction that I have heard attributed to Little Caesar was that it was written from the gangster's view. I don't mean first person, but simply with the gangster as the main character, rather than the elusive character seen through the eyes of the pursuing law enforcement.


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