Re: RARA-AVIS: Real Cool Killers

From: Jacques Debierue (
Date: 15 Jul 2007

--- In, "Allan Guthrie" <allan@...> wrote:
> Himes was one of a kind. I forget how good he is sometimes, then I
dip back into one of his books and he stuns me again with what he was doing. I don't see him being at all like Spillane, though. Certainly he was encouraged to write like Hammett, who's at the other end of the hardboiled spectrum.

Brilliant writer, one of the best hardboiled novelists. I think I have read most of his books and his intelligence and intuitive genius for the phrase still shock me sometimes when I reread him (mostly the Harlem novels), most recently Blind Man with a Pistol, a real masterpiece.

I don't see any connection with Spillane. Himes was a way better writer than Spillane, also a truly imaginative writer. I would go so far as to say that Himes surpassed Chandler as a stylist. I know this is probably heresy, but I'm saying it.



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