Fast One also appears in this Black Mask omnibus along with many of Crush (Awkward, his short stories The Paul Cain Omnibus Every Crime Story and the Novel Fast One as Originally Published In addition seven ofis Black Mask short stories are available in Seven Slayers Great cover uintessential 1930 s Noir This is not Chandler or Hammett s مهارت در بازی زندگی hard boiled fiction No Sam Spade Continental OP or Philip Marlowe No tough but basically decent guy working the mean streets who is notimself mean Gerry Kells the protagonist is mean He s a gambler a gunman a crook He isn t The Dragon in the Clock Box hardboilede s My Amazing Dinosaur (Tib Tumtum, 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 sellOtto Penzler made the distinction between Noir and the Hardboiled Detective novel in The Nazi Revolution his excellent 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 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 much everyone 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 escape They couldn t find the exit from their personalighway to Bloods a Rover (American Underworld Trilogy hell if flashing neon lights pointed to a town named Hope It is their own lack of morality that blindly drives them to ruin That pretty much sums up Fast 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 toell 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 Well That was certainly a book This may be a case of me just not getting it This generally considered
One Of The Great of the great boiled books To me it was pulpbut not in the better sense of pulp This
Was Far Closer To Carrollfar closer to Carroll Daly than it was to Dashiell Hammett or Raymond Chandler The protagonist Gerry Kells as come to LA we know it s LA because a good 10% of the prose is devoted to telling us the directions and streets everyone 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 im even if Wylde Bears (Wylde Bears, he doesn t want to be involvedfor reasons Then whene decides to get involved various things Cooking Light Lazy Gourmet 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 personalitiesere 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 does except when it s explaining Arise 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 the extent is adds to anything it s not much that weaven 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 Archies Americana, Vol. 1 have to say that I don t find it in any way specia. 'Fast One' was originally a collection of stories featuring the gamblergunman Kells The tales ran in 'Black Mask' magazine from 1931 1932 This workas been occasionally republished most recently as a graphic novel by No Exit Press. .
Turns defies summary uite no s It s SENSATIONAL Swift and intense in the mode of the very best ard boiled crime tradition A rich discovery of a mostly unknown 1930s talent Cain clobbers He whales Takes names and kicks butt He goes off On a rampage Gotta love it His techniue is superb Only
one down side as far as I can see The side effect of such a fast moving tale isdown side as far as I can see The side effect of such a fast moving tale is can t keep track of who s body that was on the floor a moment ago because another character came in and disposed of it and now the ero is chasing someone we should know the name of but we don t But it is soooo worth it The mayhem in this little book very reminiscent of Dashiell Hammett s Red Harvest Much for today s writers to learn from Talk to Me here Much also which will appall and dismay today s mamby pamby warriors for social justice Yes be warned there are slurs galore in this readSlim short page count but blazingot read Pulse pounding action I very much recommend it This
Was Pretty Much A Slogpretty much a slog me Yes it moves at a blistering pace but the author makes no attempt to connect the reader to the main character or any of the other cardboard characters In fact it was nearly impossible for me to differentiate between the myriad players Silver Mortal (The Gracen Chronicles, here as they all talk in the same way with little or no physical description and when some minor character pops up 100 pages later Iad no idea who Educating for the New World Order he or she was You never really get into any of theireads so I cared about nothing that Living in Little Rock with Miss Little Rock happened because there were no emotional stakes It really needed a cast of characters list at the beginning which I see some other editions doave so I wouldn t The Character Of An Upright Man havead to constantly flip back and forth but that wouldn t Mr. Malcolms List have saved Fast One from being a confusing mess20 Stars If I m being completelyonest 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 GURPS Conspiracy X his story And for those 2 reasons I upped my rating to 3 stars Truly I th Paul Cain is a bit of an enigma a terrific writer who published only one novel and some short stories before pretty much disappearing from print and fromistory At least easily uncovered Just One Golden Kiss history His one novel FAST ONE is asardboiled as anything I ve ever read It reminds me a good deal of Dashiell Hammett s classic RED HARVEST inasmuch as it The Tyranny of Guilt has a central figure pitting various groups of nasty folk against each other The one drawback Iave with the book is that the plethora of characters are not well separated one from another descriptively and I Phantom Encounters had aard time keeping them separate in my mind Only reaching midway 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 Eat Your Way Through the USA has a amoral bunch of characters been assembled together in work of fictionThe two main characters no doubtave SOME redeeming ualities but I can t for the life of me work out what they may beIf you re a fan of My Dirty Janitor Book 4 hard boiled noir crime fiction do yourself a favour and read this. Uist sheas no first name who rearrange the LA underworld and disappear in an explosive climax that matches their first appearance The pace is incredible and relentless and the complex plot with its twists and turns defies summary.