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Murder from the East (Race Williams #7)

3.13  ·  Rating Details ·  15 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
"Murder from the East" is a book that has a bit of everything: international intrigue, the menace of terrorisms, beautiful adventuresses, and a very tough guy private eye, Race Williams, the first in the hard-boiled mode and the model for all those that would follow. The plot, a foreign entity infiltrating the United States, that establishes local groups to operate from, t ...more
Unknown Binding, 312 pages
Published January 1st 1935 by International Polygonics
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Apr 08, 2015 Jas rated it liked it
Oh, my. This was a vacation into pastime fiction, the tough-guy detective sub-genre. It's all there, from the grin he gives when someone explains that doing X is impossible (right out of Conan the Cimmerian's stylebook) to the two 44s he likes to carry to the nonchalance about needing to kill some bad guy to the female characters (Bond, James Bond, anyone?), every one of whom (ranging from innocent little thing through several levels of BAD)finds him irresistible--too bad but all too predictable ...more
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Nov 12, 2015 Paul Raymer rated it liked it
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This is certainly not a great book from a literary standpoint. That being said, from a writer's standpoint it is a great reference. Numerous times the writer puts the protagonist in a situation where he is most certainly going to die only to be saved at the last moment. That is an art. There is a dinner party that is also a classic. This book was published in 1935. It will stay on my reference shelf.
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Apr 26, 2015 Stephen Terrell rated it it was ok
I was a bit disappointed in this book. While the novels of Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler and Mickey Spillane still hold up, not so with Daly. His plot twists, characters, and even his writing seem rather hackneyed when looked at with a modern perspective.

It's interesting to read if you want to see the evolution of the hard-nosed detective genre, but on its own, I really wouldn't recommend it.
Jun 12, 2013 Barry rated it liked it
Like a comic strip with just words. This entry level Hard Boiled novel almost defines the genre. Worth reading.
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With a single screen writing credit to his name, Carroll John Daly is an unlikely mention as being the originator of the private eye... but he just might be. And he was, by contemporary accounts, a strange guy; born in Yonkers, New York in 1889, he most certainly was neurotic, agoraphobic and had a severe fear of dentists. These considerable obstacles to a conventional career were fortuitously off ...more
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