summary æ eBook or Kindle ePUB ☆ Paul CainIf I m being completely honest my ating 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 eading this book that the author Paul Cain didn t eally give a shit if anyone liked his story And for those 2 easons I upped my ating to 3 stars Truly I think the story of the mystery surrounding the author s life is a much fascinating story then the one in this book Not much is known about the author Paul Cain wasn t his eal name His name was allegedly George Carrol Sims but even that might not be true The eal life Paul Cain seems like a eal 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 ead 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 of guilt or emorse Its unapologetically violent and the author doesn
T Attempt In Anyway Shapeattempt in anyway shape 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 disappearing from print and from history At least easily uncovered history His one novel FAST ONE is hardboiled as anything I ve ever ead It eminds me a good deal of Dashiell Hammett s classic RED HARVEST as it has a central figure pitting various groups of nasty folk against each other The one drawback I have with the book is that the plethora of characters are not well separated one from another descriptively and I had a hard time keeping them separate in my mind Only eaching midway through the book could I picture an individual whenever I saw a character s name This uibble aside FAST ONE is a 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. Ark 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 has a amoral bunch of characters been assembled together in work of fictionThe two main characters no doubt have SOME edeeming ualities but I can t for the life of me
work out what they may beIf you e a fan of hard boiled noir crime fiction do yourself a favour andout what they may beIf you e a fan of hard boiled noir crime fiction do yourself a favour and 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 fiction 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 the protagonist is mean He s a gambler a gunman a crook He isn t hardboiled he s hard aw and otten 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 *like the damned souls in the several levels of Dante s hellOtto Penzler made the distinction 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 Themlife that awaits them 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 downwa. Uist she has no first name who earrange the LA underworld and disappear in an explosive climax that matches their first appearance The pace is incredible and elentless and the complex plot with its twists and turns defies summary. Rd 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 own lack of morality that blindly drives them to uin That pretty much sums up Fast One If you ead this novel don t try to figure out who s doing what to whom and why Just go along for the violent action packed ide It s a oller coaster to hell and if you don t want to follow that oute 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 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 on from New York The local gangsters and political machines keep trying to lure Kells infor easons At the same time they keep trying to double cross him even if he doesn t want to be involvedfor easons Then when he decides to get involved various things happenfor easons 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 personalities here 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 it
s explaining how to drive from one side of LA to the other oad by oad But the driveexplaining how to drive from one side of LA to the other oad by oad But the drive doesn 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 or in The Glass Key I wouldn t say that I m unhappy I ead this I just have to say that I don t find it in any way special. 'Fast One' was originally a collection of stories featuring the gamblergunman Kells The tales an in 'Black Mask' magazine from 1931 1932 This work has been occasionally epublished most ecently as a graphic novel by No Exit Press.