Yeah, he sort of rode a wave. Or created the wave. Not really a good writer but, in a way, an important and influential writer. I would compare him to Daly in that fashion.
Off topic but, since we were talking recently about HB authors suitable to be taught in schools, did anyone mention Nathanial West's Day Of The Locust and Miss Lonelyhearts?
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Sent: Thursday, March 18, 2010 15:02
Subject: RARA-AVIS: Re: W.R. Burnett
--- In email@example.com, Randy Krbechek <randyk@...> wrote:
> Hi -
> I just struggled through "It's Always Four O'Clock" and "Iron Man,"
> in a volume from Stark House.
> Disappointing. I also read "High Sierra" and "Asphalt
> Jungle." Burnett doesn't do it for me, even if he was very
> successful as a writer.
He's not very polished, but I do like his characters. The plots are uneven. Still worth reading, I would say. Have you read Little Caesar?
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