Re: RARA-AVIS: Holy Days/ Religion in HB/Noir

From: Etienne Borgers (
Date: 23 Apr 2000

--- Mark Sullivan <> wrote:
> The religious holidays got me thinking. What are
> some of the best
> hardboiled/noir books involving religion? [snip]
> Any other good books
> involving organized religion?

Do not forget Day Keene and his very good: SLEEP WITH THE DEVIL

Another good book: NIGHT OF THE HUNTER- by David Grubb

A touch of exotism? LES TRUANDS DU TEMPLE (The Temple Mosbsters)-1987- by Julius A. Lion - drug trafficking in the heart of religious commercialism, in Lourdes (French town famous for pilgrimages after the apparitions of the Virgin Mary) Lion, a French writer, uses some offbeat humor mixed to his unusual plot.

Some from Chester Himes, but depending where you put the boundaries of "organized religion"

Cults are definitely not in your scope I guess. If yes, then you will find a torrent of references.

>And are any of them non-cynical?

Father Brown?

E.Borgers Hard-Boiled Mysteries

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