Hardboiled Comment Of The Day

Below from Los Angeles Times

When Dashiell met Raymond, or the day Hammett met Chandler

Four years before, Chandler had outlined his ideas about detective fiction in the Atlantic in the essay “The Simple Art of Murder.” Of Hammett, he wrote in part, “Hammett gave murder back to the kind of people that commit it for reasons, not just to provide a corpse; and with the means at hand, not with hand-wrought duelling pistols, curare, and tropical fish. He put these people down on paper as they are, and he made them talk and think in the language they customarily used for these purposes. He had style, but his audience didn’t know it, because it was in a language not supposed to be capable of such refinements…. He is said to have lacked heart, yet the story he thought most of himself is the record of a man’s devotion to a friend. He was spare, frugal, hardboiled, but he did over and over again what only the best writers can ever do at all. He wrote scenes that seemed never to have been written before.”

http://www.latimes.com/books/jacketcopy/la-et-jc-when-dashiell-met-raymond-20140110,0,7730928.story#ixzz2rixHiBmV
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” it was a dark and stormy night she lite the lantern and walked down the boardwalk steps into the rising tide filled with luminescent algae so bright that she turned off her lantern only to realize that a body was rolling in the warm silent wake.’

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