--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Mark Sullivan <DJ-Anonyme@...> wrote:
> In no way diminishing Thompson's impact, you wouldn't put Cain's influence slightly higher, up with Hammett and Chandler? In fact, I see a bit of his influence on some of the Thompson I've read.
In the stealth with which he hits the reader, I would imagine the influence of John Dos Passos, who was a literary giant -- and Thompson was very much a literary man. The canvases that Thompson puts together in his best novels are quite ambitious. Cain did the same in Mildred Pierce, though he did get a bit long-winded (still a very good book).
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