Re: RARA-AVIS: Reading Series in Order?

From: Patrick King (
Date: 21 Jun 2008

--- On Sat, 6/21/08, Stephen Burridge <> wrote:

I have been re-reading Hammett myself. So far I've read the the Richard Laymon biography, followed by "The Maltese Falcon", "The Glass Key" and "Red Harvest". It doesn't seem to me that the order matters.

*********************************************************** Certainly with regard to Hammett's stories it doesn't matter at all. But the evolving themes of wealthy dysfunctional families, insane femme fatales, and corrupt professionals evolves distinctly from RED HARVEST to THE THIN MAN. A similar series of themes exists in Chandler especially regarding sisters. There are opposing sisters or at least female doppelgangers in every Marlow adventure.

Patrick King


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