Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Great escapism with the hard-boiled Paul Cain

PAUL CAIN'S 1933 tale, "ONE, TWO, THREE," is one of the classics of the PULP FICTION genre, and a great way to relax after work.
I read Cain's story in a collection tonight. I've read it before -- it's an old favorite.
A private eye becomes embroiled in a blackmail scheme that turns to murder, with a victim who turns out to be just the opposite.
Cain -- in real life the Iowa-born Hollywood screenwriter George Caryl Sims -- takes the reader to the gambling dens of the Nevada desert and to the luxury apartments of Los Angeles to show how greed and lust can cloud minds.
It's great escapism.


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