Re: RARA-AVIS: Best Endings

From: Dave Zeltserman (
Date: 28 Mar 2007

> For Hammett's short stories, I thought the endings of "The Scorched
Face," "Fly Paper," "Dead Yellow Women, and especially "$106,000 Blood Money" surpass the pretty good ending to "The Gutting of Couffignal."

Continental Op stories are my favorite--and I have to go with Tim on this one--"The Gutting of Couffignal" is something special, with the ending perfectly wrapping up the story. I don't have a copy with me, but I thought the last line was a little different. Anyway, great great story+ending. Best ending for any noir story--"Forever After" by Jim Thompson.

--Dave Z.

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