Friday, January 27, 2012

Review: Fast One

Fast One
Fast One by Paul Cain

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A deserving classic of the hard-boiled crime genre, Cain's spare prose is riveting with its minimalism. A character in a few strokes and exclamations. Gerry Kells, a hard-nosed crook who skipped to the city of Angels to gamble, goes to collect his winnings and walks into a politically staged murder. From that moment on he plays every operator against each other with ruthless efficiency and a cunning double-cross nature, daring with a level of violence his foes cannot conceive of attempting. Along the way we get a moll and a chubby gunman named Borg who delighted me with their gallows humor in the face of machine-gun slaughter.
Not a bloody novel, its stark brutality lies in its exposure of the ruthlessness of political machines and the rough men who keep them in power.

A must read for any fan of the crime story. No P.I.'s, just dirty cops, bookies and bootleggers scrabbling for each other's naked throats.

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Richard R. said...

I read this about 5 years ago, picked up a copy from a Bouchercon book room seller, and was blown away by Cain's style. Really unique.

Patti Abbott said...

Hope you don't mind I added this to the Friday Forgotten Books links.

Thomas Pluck said...

You know me, I hate publicity!

Thanks :-)

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