Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: James M. Cain

From: Patrick King (
Date: 30 Sep 2007

I know. Lots of people disagree with me. I just don't know why. I've read Hammett's works several time and the only ones that work for me are Falcon & Thin Man. The rest are just not well plotted and the characters are not memorable to me. I'm sorry, but the Op is like a cartoon character. Mike Hammer has greater depth, and he is a cartoon character. It's interesting to me because both Nick Charles and Sam Spade are very well-drawn personalities. What do you like about the other Hammett books?

Patrick King
--- Dave Zeltserman <> wrote:

> Patrick,
> I could not disagree more with you about the
> Continental Op which I
> consider some of the best crime fiction written.
> Btw. You left out Red
> Harvest which has made a number of best 100 book
> lists, including Time
> Magazines.
> --Dave
> --- In, Patrick King
> <abrasax93@...> wrote:
> >
> > All of Cain's books are interesting and most of
> them
> > are great novels. While Hammett's The Thin Man &
> The
> > Maltese Falcon are great books, the others tell
> the
> > breakneck speed he wrote at. The Glass Key, The
> Dane's
> > Curse are pretty awful in my opinion, and the
> > Continental Op is a cartoon. I would say Cain's
> only
> > equal is Jim Thompson. They're, of couse, much
> > different stylists, but their quaility is
> consistent
> > from book to book.
> >
> > Patrick King
> > --- Dave Zeltserman <dz@...> wrote:

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