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Cain, Paul

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ISBN 10: 080930872X / ISBN 13: 9780809308729
Published by Southern Illinois University Press, 1978
Condition: Good Hardcover
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First ed. thus. Good condition, ex-library, shelfwear to bottom of book edges, tape marks to front and back covers of book, library stamps on title and first pages, no other library marks. Bookseller Inventory # 21245

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Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press

Publication Date: 1978

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Good

Edition: First Ed Thus.

Book Type: Book

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First published by Doubleday in 1932 in the depth of the Great Depression, an era whose seamy side it depicts, and only recently rediscovered, Fast One by Paul Cain (one of the mystery men of American literature) explodes into real life with the story of one of the toughest characters ever to emerge in American fiction.


Paul Cain is the pseudonym of Peter Ruric, a man who emerged from nowhere in the 1930s, wrote Fast One and several short stories and movie scripts, and then disappeared. Nothing more has been heard of him. Gerry Kells, the antihero of his shocking, brutal novel, is equally mysterious. A loner with a reputation but without a visible past, Kells simply appears, re­arranges the lives of the Los Angeles underworld, and then is heard no more.


Only the strong prosper in the world of the depression. Seemingly amoral, Kells does prosper. He strikes to survive, kills without conscience, with­out time for conscience. But he never becomes a mere killing machine. His integrity, his humanity, abides in a code demanding that he pay for all services: those rendered for him, those rendered against him.


Fast paced and very readable, the novel limns a true character who should take his place in our national literature, if only for his representation of the individual will to survive in one of the toughest times in American life.

About the Author:

Irvin Faust is a writer and teacher whose novels include Roar Lion Roar (1965) and Willy Remembers (1971). He lives in New York City.

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