Re: RARA-AVIS: jim's hb/noir definitions

Date: 14 Feb 2002

In a message dated 2/13/02 7:30:28 PM, writes:

<< A good rule-of-thumb, with the presumption we're talking crime fiction. That which is without murder, is boring.

    Jim's definition is fine without this addendum. Many of Walter Moseley's Socates Fortlow stories are excellent "stand alone" examples of hard-boiled tales without murder. Elmore doesn't always have a killing, and in George Higgins' work death was often absent or incidental. Take a look at Joyce Carol Oates "Man Crazy." It is hard-boiled in the extreme and there ain't a murder in sight.

                                Jim Blue

                                    Jim Blue

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