Re: RARA-AVIS: British Noir--Christopher Brookmyre

From: Al Guthrie (
Date: 30 Jul 2002

----- Original Message ----- From: "Al Guthrie" <>

> From: "Joy Matkowski" <>
> > A lot of this Britnoir seems to take place north of the border. Is
> this
> > a new Scottish Renaissance?
> Looks that way. It began with Rankin's "Knots and Crosses", which took as
> its inspiration, fellow Scot Robert Louis Stevenson's proto-noir "Strange
> Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde". Renaissance is a good word.

Whoops. Apologies to William McIlvanney. Of course he preceded Rankin. And to Iain Banks for "The Wasp Factory." And James Kelman. In fact my previous post ought to be expunged from the records.


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