Re: RARA-AVIS: Cain and Hammett

From: Michael Robison (
Date: 02 Oct 2007

Mark wrote:

While I agree that Spade is not screwed enough to be noir screwed, certainly not to a Cain degree, I would say that sending the woman he loves to prison is everyday language screwed, in a between a rock and a hard place sense.

************** I'm 100% behind Mr. Ahern on this. Just because it's a nasty old world and the protagonist has to make some tough decisions doesn't mean he's screwed. My interpretation of The Maltese Falcon is that Spade is victorious (not screwed) in the end because he fails to succumb to sentiment.


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