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

From: Joy Matkowski (
Date: 30 Jul 2002

Some U.S. historians in recent years have given credit to the Scottish Renaissance (or maybe the Scottish Enlightenment? which would make more sense) for provoking the intellectual ferment that produced the American Revolution.
    And Rankin is what gave me the "something's going on in Scotland" thought, so I don't think you owe any apologies.


Al Guthrie <> responded to:
> > 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.

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