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Then give Fast One a chance What a disappointment Fast One by Paul Cain was recommended to me by GoodReads because I d read and enjoyed March Violets by Philip Kerr ne Our Planet: Our Home of the splendidly subtle and addictive Bernie Gunther booksIn the introduction to Fast One Max D charn states that if there s a better hard boiled novel than Fast Oneut there he s still looking for it I rubbed my hands together with glee The Bernie Gunther novels are sublime and I usually enjoy noirish hard boiled novels I adore Raymond Chandler s books and Ted Get Carter Lewis s novels are also firm favouritesWhilst I can accept that Fast One might be a key work in the development Kakoong, Pahlawan Pulau Awan Vol. 8 of the genre given it pre dates Chandler s novels that is about all it has going for it Well that and plentyf action Gambler tough guy gunman Kells refuses to be messed with by anyone Every chapter has double crosses car chases blackmailings fist fights bombings stabbings r shootings The violent pace is unrelenting Virtually ever character who is introduced to the story is just there to die soon afterwards Even the biggest action junkie surely hankers for some f the subtlety and plotting Journeys of Frodo: An Atlas of J.R.R.Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings of Chandler to make sensef the bloodbath I know I did I flatter myself that I am patient and bright enough to follow the plots f most books but Fast One defeated me I was confused throughout the entire book I read the first chapter twice before deciding I should just press n and enjoy the ride Sadly the ride is just ne long numbing seuence f cut throat alliances that nly last a few pages before death cuts them short as part f a seemingly endless stream f explosive violenceWhat makes Marlowe and Gunther for that matter so great is that despite their hardboiled world weary deeply cynical utlook their humanity shines through from time to time In short they are men A Stepdaughter In Heat (Daddy Daughter Sex Stories) of honour who hold up a mirror to their dark corrupt worlds so that we might believe there is always hope Kells the protagonistf Fast One is just another gangster worse still I am still clueless about his motivation beyond money in this confusing boring book25 uintessential 1930 s Noir This is not Chandler r Hammett s hard boiled fiction No Sam Spade Continental OP r 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 f bad like the damned souls in the several levels f Dante s hellOtto Penzler made the distinction between Noir and the Hardboiled Detective novel in 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 In the End off just curling up and getting itver with And let s face it they deserve itPretty much everyone in a noir story r film is driven by greed lust jealousy r alienation a path that inevitably sucks them into a downward spiral from which they cannot escape They couldn t find the exit from their personal highway to hell if flashing neon lights pointed to a town named Hope It is their wn lack f morality that blindly drives them to ruin That pretty much sums up Fast One If you read this novel don t try to figure ut 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 This was pretty much a slog for me Yes it moves at a blistering pace but the author makes no attempt to connect the reader to the main chara. Uist she has 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.
Wikipedia says Paul Cain is the pseudonym George Caryl Sims used He wrote the ne novel Fast One 17 Black Mask short stories and the movie script for the Boris KarloffBela Lugosi horror film The Black Cat I ve seen The Black Cat and liked it The Fast One published in 1932 during the Depression and heyday f the celebrated armed bank robbers like Dillinger is regarded as a hardboilednoir classic I can see why Gerry Kells the protagonist arrives in LA and decides he wants to be the top dog f the criminal underworld There are lots f double crosses femme fatales and loose money The pace is relentless and I sometimes got a little lost in keeping up with Kells and all the characters he deals with There s not much character development and Kells remains something f an enigma He wants to grab the money but he can t bring himself to run with it There is always The Age of Treachery one complication to deal with before he s ready to blow town I enjoyed the hectic ridef a hardboiled novel that reminds me a little f Dashiell Hammett s Red Harvest Paul Cain wrote many short stories but astonishingly nly this The Catcher in the Rye and Philosophy one full length novel And what a novel Praised by contemporaries such as Raymond Chandlern completing it I can see why Rarely has a amoral bunch Seven Sisters New Quilts from an Old Favorite of characters been assembled together in workf fictionThe two main characters no doubt have SOME redeeming ualities but I can t for the life Bike Mechanic: Tales from the Road and the Workshop (Rouleur) of me workut what they may beIf you re a fan f hard boiled noir crime fiction do yourself a favour and read thisFast One also appears in this Black Mask mnibus along with many When a Man Loves a Woman of his short stories The Paul Cain Omnibus Every Crime Story and the Novel Fast One as Originally Published In addition sevenf his Black Mask short stories are available in Seven Slayers Great cover It s SENSATIONAL Swift and intense in the mode f the very best hard boiled crime tradition A rich discovery f a mostly unknown 1930s talent Cain clobbers He whales Takes names and kicks butt He goes Keep From Falling off On a rampage Gotta love it His techniue is superb Onlyne down side as far as I can see The side effect Catalogue the Insanity of such a fast moving tale is I can t keep trackf who s body that was Blessed Homecoming on the floor a moment ago because another character came in and disposedf it and now the hero is chasing someone we should know the name Shrek of but we don t But it is soooo worth it The mayhem in this little book very reminiscentf Dashiell Hammett s Red Harvest Much for today s writers to learn from 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 blazing hot read Pulse pounding action I very much recommend it 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 f the mystery surrounding the author s life is a much fascinating story then the ne 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 screenwriter dated actresses and travelled the world He claimed to be 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 no feelings Look Alikes Jr. of guiltr remorse Its unapologetically violent and the author doesn t attempt in anyway shape r form to downplay the gritty grim nature f things If you love Raymond Chandler novels. 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 f a gunman gambler Gerry Kells and his dipso lover S Grand.
Cter r any Collecting and Exhibiting Computer-Based Technology: Expert Curation at the Museums of the Smithsonian Institution of thether cardboard characters In fact it was nearly impossible for me to differentiate between the myriad players here as they all talk in the same way with little He Remembers the Barren or no physical description and when some minor character pops up 100 pages later I had no idea who her she was You never really get into any The Early Girl Gets the Blood Wolf of their heads so I cared about nothing that happened because there were no emotional stakes It really needed a castf characters list at the beginning which I see some Diary of a Library Nerd: An Erotic Diary of One Woman's Metamorphosis other editions do have so I wouldn t have had to constantly flip back and forth but that wouldn t have saved Fast One from being a confusing mess20 Stars Paul Cain is a bitf an enigma a terrific writer who published The Stonemere Park Breast Essays: From The L.C.T.F. Archives onlyne novel and some short stories before pretty much disappearing from print and from history At least easily uncovered history His Let the Wolf Howl one novel FAST ONE is as hardboiled as anything I ve ever read It reminds me a good dealf Dashiell Hammett s classic RED HARVEST inasmuch as it has a central figure pitting various groups The Resistible Rise Of Benito Mussolini of nasty folk against eachther The ne drawback I have with the book is that the plethora f characters are not well separated Blue Guide New York one from another descriptively and I had a 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 Originally a collectionf short stories in the Black Mask magazine Fast Fury reads as such It is sometimes difficult to link the chapters up and the story described n the back cover blurb as complex with its twists and turns defies summary uite no surprise thereGerry Kells comes to town with the intention f being the top man there are uite a number Homesick of floozies plentyf money floating about much A Criminal Affair of it seemingly for no apparent reason and there are numerous bumpingsff many Sangue Derramado of them uite sudden andut f the blue The characters however are far from memorable those that do get bumped ff being as memorable as those who continue through the book that is until they are also killedHard boiled it may be but I find it very difficult to agree with the strapline n the cover f the book which has Raymond Chandler proclaiming Some kind f highpoint in the ultra hardboiled manner I would hate to come across a low point in the genre Huh Well That was certainly a book This may be a case f me just not getting it This is generally considered ne f the great hard boiled books To me it was pulpbut not in the better sense f pulp This was far closer to Carroll John Daly than it was to Dashiell Hammett r Raymond Chandler The protagonist Gerry Kells has come to LA we know it s LA because a good 10% Confessions of a Teenage Hollywood Star of the prose is devoted to telling us the directions and streets everyone drives and walksn 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 even if he doesn t want to be involvedfor reasons Then when he decides to get involved various things happenfor reasons Part Precious Stones: Their Occult Power and Hidden Significance of the problem with discerning the motivationsf the characters is that Cain spends pretty much no time developing any The Proletarian Revolution and the Renegade Kautsky of them There are no discernible personalities here There are namesf characters who are about an inch deep in characterization One f 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 how to drive from ne side Works Days of LA to thether 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 we haven t seen done infinitely better in Red Harvest r 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 riginally a collection f stories featuring the gamblergunman Kells The tales ran in 'Black Mask' magazine from 1931 1932 This work has been ccasionally republished most recently as a graphic novel by No Exit Press.
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Paul Cain was the pen name of George Caryl Sims 1902–1966 a pulp fiction author and screenwriter His sole novel Fast One 1932 is considered a landmark of the hardboiled style