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Raoul Whitfield was one of the pioneering figures of hardboiled fiction and wrote as many as ninety stories in the famed Black Mask magazine He was a contemporary of Hammett, Chandler, and Carroll John Daly, and a drinking buddy of Hammett s Green Ice was Whitefield s first published novel and is in actuality a set of five shorter stories that were originally published in Black Mask If you are looking for real, hardboiled stories without pretense and just plain action, action, action, this is Raoul Whitfield was one of the pioneering figures of hardboiled fiction and wrote as many as ninety stories in the famed Black Mask magazine He was a contemporary of Hammett, Chandler, and Carroll John Daly, and a drinking buddy of Hammett s Green Ice was Whitefield s first published novel and is in actuality a set of five shorter stories that were originally published in Black Mask If you are looking for real, hardboiled stories without pretense and just plain action, action, action, this is it Mal Ourney served two years in Sing Sing, taking a manslaughter rap for a gal he had been dating and, while there, word gets out he is has it out for the big guys, the crime breeders, who control all the action on the streets Violence is everywhere as he steps out of the Big House and it all looks like it is going to come back down on Ourney just for being in the wrong place at the wrong time Hammett himself described Green Ice as 280 pages of naked action and tough, staccato prose It may not be as cleverly plotted as some other hardboiled novels these were originally short stories but it literally breathes that tough, dark, hardboiled atmosphere Reading this novel is like treading water, fun at first, but mostly exhausting and futile This is the first novel to my knowledge that I ve given one star.The story follows Mal Ourney, after a two year stretch in prison Mal is released and plans on cleaning up the big guys in town who exploit the small time crooks But word of his plans have gotten out, and his friends start dropping dead, all connected with some South American emeralds.My problem with this novel is that it s a terribly over Reading this novel is like treading water, fun at first, but mostly exhausting and futile This is the first novel to my knowledge that I ve given one star.The story follows Mal Ourney, after a two year stretch in prison Mal is released and plans on cleaning up the big guys in town who exploit the small time crooks But word of his plans have gotten out, and his friends start dropping dead, all connected with some South American emeralds.My problem with this novel is that it s a terribly over complicated story that s too hard to follow, while the characters themselves just aren t interesting enough to care about in the first place Where s my motivation The course of events is never entirely clear, and they get told and re told in truths and half truths by everyone Ourney encounters.It became humorous that every time we introduce or re introduce a character, they start re interpreting the whole plot line over again, and you know none of it can be trusted, because it will get contradicted in a few pages anyway, so who cares It s like the author was thinking, Maybe so and so is the murderer, nah, let s try the puzzle piece sideways and see if it fits, nah, but it filled a few pages, success Characters are cookie cutter one dimensional, types and there s hard boiled pulp cliche s all over the place The THIRD time Ourney got knocked out I literally laughed out loud.When I say reading this novel is like treading water, I mean it s a constant surging wave of names and slang, and inferences about who knocked off who Slang like yegg, white, up the river and pill No one is going to remember this story much a day or two after they ve read it, but I think the experience of trying to keep up with the fast pace is actually entertaining at times, but I tired of it and just wanted it to end.I like my hard boiled pulp stories to have a bitatmosphere This novel is so focused on dialogue and it s plotline that we don t establish a real sense of place except in a few instances I likefeeling, not a puzzle I want vivid descriptions of a seedy bar or a flea bag motel, this book has very little patience for mood or tone.Here s a good example of the dialogue you ll get here Win Donner struck me as being white, I said I trusted him, up the river He told me a lot and it went pretty deep I got the idea that just a few humans were using a lot of other humans as they wanted, then framing them, smashing them rubbing them out It looked pretty rotten to me I m not sentimental I m curious I d like to smash some of the ones who use the others up Yeah Legend has it that Dashiell Hammett was very fond of this first novel actually a reworking of five short stories by Whitfield On the other hand, Hammett and Whitfield were drinking buddiesso there s that Actually this is pretty decent early noir Mal Ourney gets out of prison after doing two years for a crime committed by a woman for which he took the rap He is almost immediately thrust in to a byzantine plot that involves nearly a dozen murders Ourney isn t actually a detective, but ac Legend has it that Dashiell Hammett was very fond of this first novel actually a reworking of five short stories by Whitfield On the other hand, Hammett and Whitfield were drinking buddiesso there s that Actually this is pretty decent early noir Mal Ourney gets out of prison after doing two years for a crime committed by a woman for which he took the rap He is almost immediately thrust in to a byzantine plot that involves nearly a dozen murders Ourney isn t actually a detective, but acts the part in the story Of course everyone else thinks he s a criminal And they insist on thinking that even when it doesn t make a bit of sense for them to do so And that s one of the definite problems with the work Everyone here is pretty profoundly stupid, including our protagonist, who waltzes in to set up after set up Still the dialogue is pretty good The plot is properly far fetched It s kind of cool to hear some archaic slang that I haven t run across before continued reference to cigarettes as pills Worth a read as a very early example of literary noir Classic crime novel I got for cheap It s of decent historical interest if you, like me, enjoy noir novels, it s cool to read one of the originals And there s great tough guy dialogue and turns of phrase throughout And the plot is so ridiculously convoluted that I really couldn t follow it all that closely Something about emeralds that somebody had, or possibly nobody had, and that lots of people get killed over Never quite sure who did the killing or why, but it s a decent enough ride, and Classic crime novel I got for cheap It s of decent historical interest if you, like me, enjoy noir novels, it s cool to read one of the originals And there s great tough guy dialogue and turns of phrase throughout And the plot is so ridiculously convoluted that I really couldn t follow it all that closely Something about emeralds that somebody had, or possibly nobody had, and that lots of people get killed over Never quite sure who did the killing or why, but it s a decent enough ride, and the climactic scene is brilliantly cinematic so much so that I m pretty sure it was ripped off in a movie Maybe Godfather II About as much misogyny as you d expect in this kind of book from this era, and somewhat less racism Which isn t to say none just less than I was bracing myself for Of mostly historical interest, and definitely not worth picking up if you re not already a fan of noir novels Synopsis Mal s got something against the mob when he s released from prison, they come after him. Does anyone out there see the similarity between this fantastic cover from a 1930 noire novel and the cover for Girl Waits With Gun Whitfield s first novel, and the one critics like best Hammett loved it, but, then, Whitfield and Hammett were drinking buddies The story begins with Mal Ourney s release from a two year prison sentence While in prison Ourney apparently develops sympathy for the small time crooks he meets, and hatches a plan to get the big guys when he gets out Rumors of this spread outside the prison walls and he is a target for a frame up within hours of his release