RE: RARA-AVIS: Hard-Boiled vs Noir

Blackburn, Kern (
Mon, 27 Jul 1998 08:43:25 -0600 I don't think this is a tough distinction to make. The HB features a
tough hero. Mickey Spillane, Phillip Marlowe, Sam Spade or Spenser.
But the moral alignment is clear. The Noir novel features an
anti-hero. See 'Postman Always Rings Twice' or 'Double Indemnity.' The
moral alignment or the protagonist runs contrary to the morals of
society in general.


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