RARA-AVIS: Re: The Hard-Boiled Classics

From: jacquesdebierue (jacquesdebierue@yahoo.com)
Date: 11 Jan 2009

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    --- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, "djpenfold2003"
    <djpenfold2003@...> wrote:
    > i think i have always found burnett a little too crude for my taste
    > but i haven't read any in a long while. i guess my list
    > of 'hardboiled classics' would have to include the following;
    > 'fast one' paul cain
    > 'thieves like us' edward anderson
    > 'you play the black and the red comes up' eric knight
    > 'they don't dance much' james ross
    > 'miss lonelyhearts' nathaniel west
    > also i would like to put a woolrich on this list but i find his
    > short stories so much more satisfying than his novels so i will
    > stick with the collection 'nightwebs'

    Also, for those not very familiar with early hardboiled, the varios
    "big book" collections of pulp stories are a good way to start. Not only do you get to see luminaries like Chandler and Hammett in context, but you also get to learn about other authors who were pretty darn good. They're just about the only places where (nowadays) you can read Roger Torrey, Richard Sale, Merle Constiner, Frederick Nebel, Norbert Davis and a bunch of other forgotten but very good writers. Even totally obscure writers could hit on a great story on occasion.



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