Re: RARA-AVIS: James Lee Burke- Atmosphere and bad endings

Etienne Borgers (
Tue, 13 Jul 1999 22:28:11 -0700 (PDT)

Well, you ask for warm ice cubes!!

If I understand correctly your statement, bad endings is a big no-no for what concerns your readings and movies... then beware this mailing-list as most of the books discussed (or recommended)are rather dark and violent, so real good endings are scarce. Same goes for most of the films mentioned here.

Unless you accept the surviving of the central character of the novel as a "good ending"? But even then you will have to turn a blind eye to all what happened to the others!

Maybe you could have more chance with American crime films, as most of the time the ending is bent to be not toooo bad, mostly for commercial reasons, even if the rest is graphically aggressive, violent and gorish.

As for HB/Noir novels, I do not dare to recommend you any on these grounds, unless you accept the survival of the hero as good (whatever his state), or if you like capers and semi-parody in these genres.

E.Borgers Hard-Boiled Mysteries wrote:

> Hi, I am very new to this genre and this list, ////

 Though I
> like the atmospheric novels, I have one major
hang-up when I am
> reading. I hate books that end badly. A lot of my
friends get
> exasperated with me because I won't read a book if
I know up front
> that it ends badly, or see a movie with the same
knowledge. Do the
> Robicheaux books always end on a depressing note?
While I'm
> at it, I would like to ask for suggestions for
somebody new to this
> genre. If it isn't too much trouble, does anybody
have a favorite
> they would like to recommend to me?
> Thanks,
> Pam
> --

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