Ray Chandler’s correspondence with James M. Fox (an obscure writer of crime and espionage novels) offers interesting glimpses of Chandler’s tastes and responses to the work of other authors.
In the course of their letters, he comments on, mostly disparages:
Ross Macdonald (The Drowning Pool)
Dorothy B. Hughes (The Davidian Report)
Julian Symons (The Broken Penny)
Eric Maschwitz (Little Red Monkey)
John Dickson Carr
Ian Fleming (Casino Royale)
William Campbell Gault
Jacquin Sanders (Freak Show)
James M. Cain
Holly Roth (The Content Assignment)
And, last and perhaps least: James M. Fox.