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Fiction
Author: Paul Cain
ISBN: 159654015X
Subcategory: Short Stories & Anthologies
Pages 152 pages
Publisher blackmask.com; Reissue edition (June 1, 2004)
Language English
Category: Fiction
Rating: 4.8
Votes: 123
ePUB size: 1468 kb
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eBook Fast One download

by Paul Cain


Paul Cain (1902-1966) earned his initial fame as a writer of short stories in the leading pulp magazine of the day, Black Mask. Fast One is rough, action-packed, terse, staccato. Paul Cain's only novel features simple, declarative sentences.

Paul Cain (1902-1966) earned his initial fame as a writer of short stories in the leading pulp magazine of the day, Black Mask. Cain published no stories after 1936, but continued his career as a B-film screenwriter into the late 1940's under the name "Peter Ruric. FYI: Another Black Mask writer, Carroll John Daly, wrote the first hard-boiled detective novel, The Snarl Of The Beast, in 1927. Cain's direct prose effectively communicates the slam-bam violence that drives the story. Cain uses fewer conjunctions than any author I have read.

George Caryl Sims (May 30, 1902 – June 23, 1966), better known by his pen names Paul Cain and Peter Ruric, was an American pulp fiction author and screenwriter. He is best known for his novel Fast One, which is considered to be a landmark of the pulp fiction genre and was called the "high point in the ultra hard-boiled manner" by Raymond Chandler

The paul cain omnibus. Every crime story and the novel fast one as originally published. Illustrations by. Arthur rodman bowker.

Fast One, Cain’s only novel, was originally serialized in Black Mask in the 1930s. This collection presents Cain’s classic crime writing to a contemporary audience. This ebook features an introduction by Boris Dralyuk. It introduces us to Gerry Kells, a hard-nosed criminal who still holds fast to his humanity in a Los Angeles that’s crooked to the core.

Showing 22 distinct works. Fast One by. Paul Cain, David Bowman (Illustrator). The Complete Slayers: Fast One and the Complete Short Stories of Paul Cain by. Paul Cain, Lynn Myers (Introduction). Max Allan Collins (Goodreads Author) (Introduction).

Fast One is possibly the toughest tough-guy and most brutal gangster story ever written. Set in Depression Los Angeles it has a surreal quality that is positively hypnotic. It is the saga of gunman-gambler Gerry Kells and his dipso lover S. Granquist (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

Fast One, Cain's only novel, was originally serialized in Black Mask in the 1930s Read and listen to as many books as you like! Download books offline, listen to several books simultaneously, switch to kids mode, or try out a book that you never thought.

Fast One, Cain's only novel, was originally serialized in Black Mask in the 1930s. It introduces us to Gerry Kells, a hard-nosed criminal who still holds fast to his humanity in a Los Angeles that's crooked to the core. This collection presents Cain's classic crime writing to a contemporary audience. Read and listen to as many books as you like! Download books offline, listen to several books simultaneously, switch to kids mode, or try out a book that you never thought you would. Discover the best book experience you'd ever have.

The edgiest pulp novel ever written. Fast One was originally a collection of stories featuring the gambler/gunman Kells and his lover Granquist, who rearrange the LA underworld and "disappear" in an explosive climax that matches their first appearance. The tales ran in Black Mask magazine from 1931-1932.
Hirah
This extremely fast paced story traces the activity of Gerry Kells, gentleman gangster, as he plies his trade in and around Los Angeles. There are no heroes in this novel. Only thieves, gamblers, gunmen, blackmailers and corrupt political bosses.

Kells is present in every scene. If he's not being beaten up, he's doing the beating. If he's not being framed for a crime, he's doing the framing. Fast One is pulp fiction in its toughest, most socially irredeemable form. An action packed, fun read. But one that doesn't quite live up to the hype. Unfortunately, the new Blackmask Online edition has an inordinate number of typographical errors that are irritatingly distracting.
Jazu
I had to read this for class and I actually thoroughly enjoyed it! It's a great novel with an anti-hero that I would invite others to read who are into this type of literature.
Nargas
Seriously great. If you're on a film-noir kick and find yourself reading a lot of Chandler and Hammett, this will hit all the usual tropes: offshore gambling boats, fixed boxing matches, femme fatales and fatalistic anti-heros. Builds to a great finish.
Rainpick
An interesting adaptation of a classic.
Chilele
Excellent story, as expected from the master of hardboiled short fiction - but I found the typesetting and general layout to be rather slap-dash and annoying. If an old classic is to be republished, it should be done with more care.
Cha
This book is truly a hidden treasure and has never gotten the recognition
that it deserves.
Gralmeena
I agree with Raymond Chandler. This is a notable and very violent hardboiled novel. A minor classic,
Paul Cain (1902-1966) earned his initial fame as a writer of short stories in the leading pulp magazine of the day, Black Mask. Cain published no stories after 1936, but continued his career as a B-film screenwriter into the late 1940's under the name "Peter Ruric." FYI: Another Black Mask writer, Carroll John Daly, wrote the first hard-boiled detective novel, The Snarl Of The Beast, in 1927.

Fast One is ranked as a noir classic. But why, and who would enjoy reading it? Fast One is rough, action-packed, terse, staccato. Paul Cain's only novel features simple, declarative sentences. Cain's direct prose effectively communicates the slam-bam violence that drives the story.

Blunt, quick, lean. Cain uses fewer conjunctions than any author I have read. This passage illustrates the point:
'The house-phone rang; Borg answered it, said, "Send him up," hung up. He said, "Faber," over his shoulder, went to the door.'

Cain generally uses the colon to introduce quotations. This convention, used by several pulp writers of the era, gives a more precise break, reinforcing the staccato rhythm of Cain's prose.

Cain knows Hollywood and Los Angeles. This is a prohibition-era account of corrupt L.A. politicians, cops on the take, warring underworld figures, and amoral lovers desperately trying to move ahead. This is a uniquely American tale, and could only have been written during the depths of the Depression. The prose doesn't flow like Hammett's, but Cain's terse dialog still sounds pretty good when read aloud. Cain uses no hyperbole, and this leanness holds up well.

Gambler and gunman Kells leads a desperate race against fate. He refuses to be messed with by anyone. Every chapter has double-crosses, car chases, black-mailings, two-fisted action, bombings, stabbings, or shootings. The violent pace is unrelenting. After 200 pages of turmoil and continued introduction of more characters whose primary function is to die, I was ready for something else. The furious pace was numbing.

The last chapters primarily concern Fells and his lover Granquist. Greater narrative power is achieved by focusing on the main characters and their fate. If there is any moral element in this tale of corruption and double-crossing, it is that Fells falls only when making a grab for the big score rather than purely seeking revenge against those who have wronged him.

Cain's terse style and manic pacing have perhaps never been topped. However, the introduction of too many stock characters and too many sub-plots weakens the appeal. Fast One is fun reading for those wanting to investigate the only published novel from an influential Black Mask writer. However, readers wanting insights into the motivation of the main characters will not be drawn into the story. Four stars based on the strengths of Cain's blunt style and the stunning noir conclusion.