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Is their own lack of morality that blindly drives them to ruin That Pretty Much Sums Up much sums up One If you read this novel don t try to figure out who s doing what to whom and why Just go along for the violent action packed ride It s a roller coaster to hell and if you don t want to follow that route by all means skip it Huh Well That was certainly a book This may be a case of me just not getting it This is generally considered one of the great hard boiled Books To Me It To me it pulpbut not the better sense of pulp This was far closer to Carroll John Daly than it was to Dashiell Hammett or Raymond Chandler The protagonist Gerry Kells has come to LA we know it s LA because a good 10% of the prose is devoted to telling us the directions and streets veryone drives and walks on from New York The local gangsters and political machines keep trying to lure Kells infor reasons At the same time they keep trying to double cross him Unseen City even if he doesn t want to be involvedfor reasons Then when he decides to get involved various things happenfor reasons Part of the problem with discerning the motivations of the characters is that Cain spends pretty much no time developing any of them There are no discernible personalities here There are names of characters who are about an inch deep in characterization One of the things that people tout about the book is that it just keeps driving forward And I guess it doesxcept when it s Art explaining how to drive from one side of LA to the other road by road But the drive doesn t add up to much And to thextent is adds to anything it s not much that we haven t seen done infinitely better in Red Harvest or in The Glass Key I wouldn t say that I m unhappy I read this I just have to say that I don t find it in any way special. 'Fast One' was originally a collection of stories featuring the gamblergunman Kells The tales ran in 'Black Mask' magazine from 1931 1932 This work has been occasionally republished most recently as a graphic novel by No Exit Press.

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If I m being completely honest my rating should be 25 Stars But this book is grim as FUCK and I love grim shit It also became very very clear while I was reading this book that the author Paul Cain didn t really give a shit if anyone liked his story And for those 2 reasons I upped my rating to 3 stars Truly I think the story of the mystery surrounding the author s life is a much fascinating story then the one in this book Not much is known about the author Paul Cain wasn t his real name His name was allegedly George Carrol Sims but Attracting Songbirds to Your Backyard even that might not be true The real life Paul Cain seems like a real life Tom Ripley Under the name Peter Ruric he worked as a screenwriter dated actresses and travelled the wo Paul Cain is a bit of annigma a terrific writer who published only one NOVEL AND SOME SHORT STORIES BEFORE PRETTY MUCH DISAPPEARING and some short stories before pretty much disappearing print and from history At least The Matriarchs (The Family easily uncovered history His one novel FAST ONE is as hardboiled as anything I vever read It reminds me a good deal of Dashiell Hammett s classic RED HARVEST inasmuch as it has a central figure pitting various groups of nasty folk against each other The one drawback I have with the book is that the plethora of characters other The one drawback I have with the book is that the plethora of characters not well separated one from another descriptively and I had a hard time keeping them separate in my mind Only reaching one from another descriptively and I had a hard time keeping them separate in my mind Only reaching through the book could I picture an individual whenever I saw a character s name This uibble aside FAST ONE is a dark and dirty crime novel with great writing and a compelling story Paul Cain wrote many short stories but astonishingly only this one full length novel And what a novel Praised by contemporaries such as Raymond Chandler on completing it I can see why Rarely has a amoral bunch of characters been assembled together. The toughest tough guy and most brutal gangster story ver written Set in depression Los Angeles 'Fast One' has a surreal uality that is positively hypnotic It is the saga of a gunman gambler Gerry Kells and his dipso lover S Grand. In work of fictionThe two Main Characters No Doubt Have characters no doubt have redeeming ualities but I can t for the life of me work out what they may beIf you re a fan of hard boiled noir crime fiction do yourself a favour and read thisFast One also appears in this Black Mask omnibus along with many of his short stories The Paul Cain Omnibus Every Crime Story and the Novel Fast One
Originally Published In addition seven his Black Mask short stories are available in Seven Slayers Great cover uintessential 1930 s Noir This is not Chandler or Hammett s hard boiled fiction No Sam Spade Continental OP or Philip Marlowe No tough but basically decent guy working the mean streets who is not himself mean Gerry Kells the protagonist is mean He s a gambler a gunman a crook He isn t hardboiled he s hard raw and rotten Moreover there are no good guys and gals just different categories of bad like the damned souls in the several levels of Dante s hellOtto Penzler made the distinction between Noir and the Hardboiled Detective novel in his xcellent Huffington Post Article Noir Fiction is About Losers Not Private Eyes Here s a uote from Penzler that applies to Paul Cain s novel Look noir is about losers The characters in these When I Moan (Vassi and Seri 1: Russian Stepbrother Romance) existential nihilistic tales are doomed They may not die but they probably should as the life that awaits them is certain to be so ugly so lost and lonely that they d be better off just curling up and getting it over with And let s face it they deserve itPretty muchveryone in a noir story or film is driven by greed lust jealousy or alienation a path that inevitably sucks them into a downward spiral from which they cannot No Biggy! escape They couldn t find thexit from their personal highway to hell if flashing neon lights pointed to a town named Hope It. Uist she has no first name who rearrange the LA underworld and disappear in an xplosive climax that matches their first appearance The pace is incredible and relentless and the complex plot with its twists and turns defies summary. ,
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