RE: RARA-AVIS: Hardboiled This & That

From: Mark Sullivan (
Date: 19 Apr 2000

Bill H wrote:

"So, HB (or noir) without a crime that organizes the plot?"

A lot of the books by David Goodis would qualify -- The Blonde on the Street Corner or Cassidy's Girl, for instance. Someone has already mentioned Willeford's non-series books.

How about How Late It Was, How Late by James Kelman?

Also, as mentioned, numerous life of the junkie books.

Although I can't think of any specific examples at the moment, aren't there books about the lifestyle of crooks that do not revolve around a particular crime, but the life in the subculture? No Beast So Fierce by Edward Bunker (has anyone read Education of a Felon, yet?) has a lot of crime, but is not really about any one caper, for instance.


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