RARA-AVIS: UK Noir - Peter Loughran

From: Etienne Borgers ( wbac1203@wanadoo.be)
Date: 03 Jul 2002

Speaking of UK Noir, do not forget Peter Loughran, at least for TRAIN RIDE, which is a great novel of the noir genre- of any nationality.

Published in 1966 the book tells the story of a sailor who missed his merchant ship at the harbor after a few days of wild partying, and he will go by train to London to catch the ship at its next stop. The whole novel is in fact the inner monologue of the sailor, that makes you live his feelings, fears, obsessions, bigotry, prejudices and his twisted views about the basics of life, as well as his reaction to what happens around him during the trip. Slowly his violent temper, false sense of guilt, solitude and emotional problems will be exposed, to lead to a horrific end. Dark, with some black humor, this novel puts you face to face with the evil in its daily deadly disguise. A masterpiece.

I do not know if the book is still available, but it is certainly worth a reprint.

E.Borgers Hard-Boiled Mysteries http://www.geocities.com/Athens/6384

# To unsubscribe from the regular list, say "unsubscribe rara-avis" to
# majordomo@icomm.ca.  This will not work for the digest version.
# The web pages for the list are at http://www.miskatonic.org/rara-avis/ .

This archive was generated by hypermail 2b29 : 03 Jul 2002 EDT