RARA-AVIS: Re: Real Cool Killers

From: Richard Moore ( moorich@aol.com)
Date: 17 Jul 2007

I think this is a good example of something that happens with some regularly on the list. Miker has read the first three Spillane Hammer novels and one in the Chester Himes' series and made comparisons. Fair enough, as he stated what he was comparing. Others disagreeing seem to be doing so from a broader comparison of Spillane and Himes. Spillane's commie/mafia focus may be valid but not when limited to an examination of the first three novels.

I was tempted to disagree with Miker but realized both his and Channing's opinions may be valid in their separate contexts.

Richard Moore

--- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, Michael Robison
<miker_zspider@...> wrote:
> Channing wrote:
> Spillane's hatred is aimed at Commies and the mafia.
> Himes saves his venom for hypocritical religious
> types. There is always a con-man using false religion
> to bilk the poor citizens of Harlem.
> Social commentary plays a larger part in the Himes'
> books.
> **************
> In mentioning the many similarities between Himes's
> Real Cool Killers and Spillane's early Hammer novels,
> I didn't mean to imply that they were identical.
> Nevertheless, I disagree with your statement above.
> First, I've only read the first three Hammer novels,
> and if I recall correctly, none of them involved
> significant Commie or mafia connections. Also, a
> religious con didn't play a big part in Real Cool
> Killers. The anger of the main protagonists appears
> to be aimed at the same type of people in the The Real
> Cool Killers and the first three Hammer novels, major
> criminals using violence to solve problems.
> And I haven't a clue how you fail to see social
> commentary in Spillane's work. I could write a book
> on that.
> Like you, I enjoy both writers.
> miker
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