Noir Quote of the Week #4

“Friend,” I told him, “I’ll hurl this message into the teeth of the devil himself for one thousand dollars.”

“Yes, yes–I believe you would.” —The Third Murderer, Carroll John Daly

Carroll John Daly has been credited with creating the very first ‘hard-boiled’ detective story: “Knights of the Open Palm.” The noir crime fiction featured a private eye named Race Williams, and pre-dated Dashiell Hammett’s Continental Op character. Truly the great grandaddy of modern noir.

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