RARA-AVIS: Re: W.R. Burnett

From: jacquesdebierue (jacquesdebierue@yahoo.com)
Date: 18 Mar 2010

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    --- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, "J.C. Hocking" <jchocking@...> wrote:
    > Aw hell, I gotta stand up for Daly a little.
    > His short stories are much more enjoyable than his novels.  He gets to focus on the action and violence and tough-guy dialogue without worrying about sustaining much of a plot.  His prose is mallet-like and his plots absurd, but in the short form this doesn't get in the way of an amusing payoff of hardboiled entertainment.
    > Just my two-cents, adjusted for inflation since the days of Black Mask.

    Ha... well, the fact that his stories are awful is not reason not to LOVE them... I think pretty much all of us here have dipped into Daly, some of us far more than dipped! A novel like The Hidden Hand you could not find anywhere else at any price. It is so terrible it becomes brilliant.



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