Green Ice

Green Ice 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 senten

  • Title: Green Ice
  • Author: Raoul Whitfield
  • ISBN: 9780688028626
  • Page: 216
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 oWhitfield 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.

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    • Raoul Whitfield

      Although born in New York, Raoul Fauconnier Whitfield s early life was shaped by his father s transfer to the Philippines where he led the privilege life as the dependent of a Territorial Government bureaucrat Young Whitfield would later travel through China and Japan where his memory of Asia would prove to serve him well Back in the States, the teenager aspired to motion pictures, where his rugged good looks graced the silent cinema If it weren t for America s entry into the Great War in 1917 we might know him as an actor, but Whitfield enlisted in the Army and was initially assigned to the ambulance corps Desiring action, he sought and won a commission as a pilot and saw duty on the German Front as a combat pilot After the Armistice, Whitfield spurned his steel business based family s desires, married his first wife Prudence and landed a job with the Pittsburgh Post as a reporter Prudence encouraged his long held desires to write pulp fiction stories His writing drew upon his childhood travels in the Far East his Jo Gar, Island Detective character was based in Manila along with his recent wartime exploits He succeeded in selling stories for Boy s Life, War Stories and Battle Stories under the pseudonym Temple Field but he s especially notable for his contributions to Black Mask, the creme of the pulps His Crime Buster Black Mask stories were so popular they were amalgamated into his first novel, Green Ice published in 1930 earning the praise of none other than the genre master, Dashiell Hammett, with its hard as nails emphasis on action Whitfield had a total of 9 books published during the depths of the Great Depression The speed in which he ground out work was amazing but it also drew criticism his lesser stories were spurned as hack work Whitfield often wrote under the pseudonym, Ramon Dacolta, who ironically proved a heady rival in readership popularity Many of his 1927 33 stories easily ranks with the best authors of pulp fiction Whitfield s screen writing career began in earnest after his divorce from Prudence and relocated from Florida to Los Angeles in 1933 He landed a job as a writer for Paramount and on a whirlwind trip to New York City, met and married the wealthy and unstable Emily Davies Vanderbilt Thayer, with emphasis on the Vanderbilt Life was good for a short period the couple purchased a large ranch outside Las Vegas, Nevada and Whitfield s writing productivity slowed to a trickle The Whitfield s marriage was wobbly, masked by partying Emily experienced bouts of manic depression and the couple separated in early 1935 Her mental state was far fragile than anyone had imagined, she committed suicide at the Nevada ranch that May Whitfield was inconsolable over his wife s death and he was utterly destroyed Contracting TB in his 40s he died at a military hospital in California in 1945.



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    • 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 buddies 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 th [...]


    • 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 [...]


    • 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, thi [...]


    • 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- [...]


    • Does anyone out there see the similarity between this fantastic cover from a 1930 noire novel and the cover for Girl Waits With Gun??



    • This enjoyable novel from 1931 embodies many of the strengths and limitations of the Black Mask school. Characterization is stripped to the bone; the plot is extremely complicated and, on consideration, equally improbable; the mystery is developed through the tough-guy hero making intuitive guesses about what's going on, rather than the accumulation of evidence; pacing is episodic; there is little or no sense of setting; all dialogue is elliptical, all characters untrustworthy; the narrative voi [...]


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