--- In email@example.com, "Richard Moore" <moorich@...> wrote:
> There is this Hammett reference in the TAD interview from 1988 when
> DeAndrea asked him "What were your main influences?"
And in the first two
> books in particular, I was really coming off Hammett. He was the tree
> I was climbing. the second one, Killing Time, I thought was a
> failure. I thought it was overwrought, that it tried to hard.
> The first "coming off Hammett" novel--and the first novel published
> under his own name--was The Mercenaries.
Thanks, Richard. I may have misremembered who said what in the
Leonard-Westlake interview. I'll reread it. Maybe it was Leonard who
didn't like Hammett _either_. He insists that he's a son of
Hemingway... except that (in my opinion, at least) he's considerably
better than Hemingway!
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