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Ive novel in his excellent Huffington Post Article Noir Fiction is About Losers Not Private Eyes Here s a uote rom 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 so ugly so lost and lonely that they d be better just curling up and getting it over with And let s A Ranchers Redemption face it they deserve itPretty much everyone in a noir story orilm is driven by greed lust jealousy or alienation a path that inevitably sucks them into a downward spiral a path that inevitably sucks them into a downward spiral which they cannot escape They couldn t A Doctor, a Nurse, a Christmas Baby find the exitrom their personal highway to hell if A Mother in the Making 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 toigure out who s doing what to whom and why Just go along Her Kind Of Cowboy for the violent action packed ride It s a roller coaster to hell and if you don t want toollow 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 was pulpbut not in the better sense of pulp This was His Pregnant Christmas Princess 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 everyone drives and walks onrom New York The local gangsters and political machines keep trying to lure Kells inf. 'Fast One' was originally a collection of stories Through the Language Glass featuring the gamblergunman Kells The tales ran in 'Black Mask' magazinerom 1931 1932 This work has been occasionally republished most recently as a graphic novel by No Exit Press. I have with the book is that the plethora of characters are not well separated one rom another descriptively and I had the plethora of characters are not well separated one rom another descriptively and I had hard 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 ull 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 In Work Of FictionThe Two Main been assembled together in work of ictionThe two main no doubt have SOME redeeming ualities but I can t You Are Not A Gadget for the life of me work out what they may beIf you re aan of hard boiled noir crime Sanctuary fiction do yourself aavour 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 as Originally Published In addition seven of 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 iction 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 "tough but basically decent guy working the mean streets who is not himself mean Gerry Kells 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 Detect. Uist she has no irst name who rearrange the LA underworld and disappear in an explosive climax that matches their irst appearance The pace is incredible and relentless and the complex plot with its twists and turns defies summary. If I m being completely honest my rating should be 25 Stars But this book is grim as FUCK and I love rating should be 25 Stars But this book is grim as FUCK and I love 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 One Part Woman 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 muchascinating 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 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
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dated actresses travelled the world He claimed to be Stranger from Chicago but who knows if that s true I want someone to write a book about him I would definitely read that Fast One is a grim and dark gangster story There are no good guys in this book everyone is a stone cold criminal with noeelings of guilt or remorse Its unapologetically violent and the author doesn t attempt in anyway shape or Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis form to downplay the gritty grim nature of things If you love Raymond Chandler novels then give Fast One a chance Paul Cain is a bit of an enigma a terrific writer who published only one novel and some short stories before pretty much disappearingrom print and rom history At least easily uncovered history His one novel FAST ONE is as hardboiled as anything I ve ever read It reminds me a good deal of Dashiell Hammett s classic RED HARVEST inasmuch as it has a central igure pitting various groups of nasty olk against each other The one drawback. The toughest tough guy and most brutal gangster story ever 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. Fast One