RARA-AVIS: Little Caesar and Bodies are Dust

From: Michael Robison ( miker_zspider@yahoo.com)
Date: 20 May 2007

Allan Guthrie wrote:

Burnett's criminal-as-protagonist LITTLE CAESAR (1929) could be called noir, and if Caldwell's THE BASTARD
(1929) and Wolfson's BODIES ARE DUST (1931) aren't noir, I'll eat my underwear.

************* Little Caesar is pretty hardcore. There were gangster novels before it, but it was one of the first to tell the story from the gangster's perspective. Not the best-written but a hell of a story and a great movie. Duncan mentions Wolfson's book in his Noir Fiction. I used his book as a reading list for quite a while, and was rarely disappointed. I have been wanting to read Bodies are Dust for quite a while. I need to get on that one as well as Dave's.


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