Re: RARA-AVIS: Noir Cats and authors

From: Etienne Borgers (
Date: 19 Mar 2000

--- pabergin <> wrote:
> Cats are, by definition, noir. Or at least noirish.

Got a point! especially compared TO DOGS...

But if I remember at least two offbeat books really Noir where a dog is the central character, I do not remember any where cats are the central Noir element,
(unless fantastic-magic- SF kind of novels)

On the other side I was strucked by the number of Noir/HB author liking cats or living with some : Chandler was the typical example, but there are many others- up to the point I was on the way to keep track of it.

Noir cat, translated literally means black cat, which as you know was sign of bad luck and sorcery during the middle ages, and cats in Europe were systematically chased and destroyed by cruel means during these historical times

So, definitely the history of cat in the Western world is a violent HB story, with typical Noir elements. And very individualistic characters...

E.Borgers Hard-Boiled Mysteries

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