RARA-AVIS: The Best of...

From: Michael Robison ( miker_zspider@yahoo.com)
Date: 23 Aug 2007

Mario wrote:

Best, most original hardboiled/noir American writers in my book: Hammett, Chandler, Willeford, Himes, Thompson, Cormac McCarthy.... Joyce Carol Oates has written similarly misguided things about Chandler, for example.

**************** Great selection of best of. If I could only add one person to that list, it would be James Cain.

I've got a critique book called something like The Modern American Novel of Violence that has an Oates article on James Cain. She does a great job with moderate praise before stating that everything he wrote was trash.


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