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by Carroll John Daly

eBook The Snarl of the Beast: A Race Williams Mystery download ISBN: 0060974354
Author: Carroll John Daly
Publisher: HarperCollins; First Edition edition (May 1, 1992)
Language: English
Pages: 228
ePub: 1710 kb
Fb2: 1832 kb
Rating: 4.5
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Category: Mystery
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The plot is uncomplicated: Race Williams, private investig "The Snarl of the Beast" was originally serialized over . but he just might be. And he was, b. .

The plot is uncomplicated: Race Williams, private investig "The Snarl of the Beast" was originally serialized over several issues of the "Black Mask" magazine and retains some of its episodic structure. The novel is almost total action, with very little mystery or detection, and minimal characterization.

Daly's classic character, Race Williams, was one of the most popular fiction characters of the pulps, and the direct inspiration for Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer. Books related to The Snarl of the Beast.

Race Williams returns! Originally appearing in the pages of Black Mask Magazine, author Carroll John Daly pioneered the hard-boiled detective . story and perfected the genre with his classic character.

A pioneering hard-boiled mystery. A man "with the snarl of the beat" tries to attack them, and Race tries to protect the youth

A pioneering hard-boiled mystery. Race Williams PI is asked to intervene by a youthful drug addict who escaped from prison after an unjust conviction for murder, and wants Race to protect his sister, an heiress, from an evil uncle. A man "with the snarl of the beat" tries to attack them, and Race tries to protect the youth.

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The book was serialized and it helps to keep that in mind, some of the episodic structure makes more sense once . This is my first Race Williams mystery and I enjoyed it thoroughly. John Carroll Daly certainly has a way with the Purple Prose.

The book was serialized and it helps to keep that in mind, some of the episodic structure makes more sense once you understand that. The wisecracks aren't quite up to Marlowe levels, but there's some good ones. And the action moves along at a breakneck pace.

Before Raymond Chandler's The Big Sleep, Before Dashiell Hammett's The Red Harvest, there was Carroll John Daly's The Snarl of the Beast, the first true hard-boiled detective novel. Featuring Race Williams, a private detective afraid of no man, it is a complex story of murder and inheritance in which Williams must outwit not only the police and a beautiful blonde cat burglar, but a homicidal maniac reputed to be bullet proof.

Before Raymond Chandler’s The Big Sleep, Before Dashiell Hammett’s The Red Harvest, there was Carroll John Daly’s The Snarl of the Beast, the first true hard-boiled detective novel. Featuring Race Williams, a private detective afraid of no man, it is a complex story of murder and inheritance in which Williams must outwit not only the police and a beautiful blonde cat burglar, but a homicidal maniac reputed to be bullet proof. Will his ready fists and forty-four revolvers be up to the task of confronting his foes against the background of deceit, double-crossing, and gunplay? And ultimately will he silence . . . The Snarl of the Beast?
Comments: (7)
sunrise bird
Daly is arguably the first real hardboiled detective writer. Most people who bump into him are going to bump into his KNIGHTS OF THE OPEN PALM, which is anti-KKK story that is interesting and ahead of it's time, but certainly doesn't show him off at his best.

SNARL is closer, probably, to what Daly was all about. It's very striking in a number of respects. While the general frame story is "Race Williams Investigates a Case", the actual narrative is organized around a series of incidents where Williams is hunting people trying to kill him. The book was serialized and it helps to keep that in mind, some of the episodic structure makes more sense once you understand that. There is very little reflection -- or even detection -- here, although there is a mystery and it does get solved at the end. The book is instead very tightly focused on action, and that's effectively portrayed (although I think Daly does overdo it a bit with Williams' lengthy commentary on his own actions). It seems to be trying to blend the hardboiled tale with the horror story -- the main villain here is a legendary Underworld figure known only as "the Beast" who seemingly can't be killed --and in some ways it manages it. It's a very interesting attempt at creating a horrific atmosphere in a non-typical horrific setting.

Unfortunately the structure of the book, taken as a whole, is less than solid. Typically Williams wants to do X (which seems sensible) -- plans to do X -- is getting ready to do X -- but then is frustrated by some outside situation. Once or twice this kind of thing is fine, but repeatedly it becomes ridiculous, and makes Williams look ridiculous -- which could hardly be the intent. I've read an interesting analysis of this book online arguing that this is a dream-logic at work: I think that's true, I think Daly in part was trying to up horror by giving everything a gothy/dreamy kind of atmosphere. But my point remains, structurally it's pretty awkward at best, silly at worst.

There's enough interesting things in here to recommend this, but as with a lot of republished pulp it never really surmounts it's roots.
I_LOVE_228
This is my first Race Williams mystery and I enjoyed it thoroughly. John Carroll Daly certainly has a way with the Purple Prose. The wisecracks aren't quite up to Marlowe levels, but there's some good ones. And the action moves along at a breakneck pace. I recommend you at least give this stuff a try.
Thetalen
Daly was the father of the hard boiled detective novel. For those who want to read the begining of the genre you should read Daly. It's rough tough and unforgiving. Race Williams makes no apologies for his actions, but he does explaine his world view. For those who just like a real fast moving two fisted mystery, it's just sheer enjoyment. So read one of America's almost forgotten authors. And spead the word, Daly deserves to live on.
Mightdragon
A dated thriller both in terms of story telling and in writing. But it also has its charms, for instance when he describes something being "as empty as a congressman's head". There are nuggets of gold here even if the story is often over the top.
Briciraz
Exciting use of language.
Cala
Great Old time Detective fiction. The world's first hardboiled PI detective character vs. the mafia and other hoodlums and criminal types.
Kagrel
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