Re: RARA-AVIS: very noir/Judson

From: Joy Matkowski (
Date: 08 May 2003

The reader knows the protag will survive because it's a prequel, but the dim light flickers a lot.
    I thought the first book was fascinating in the way the stereotypes were stretched--the protag is REALLY broke and works as a dishwater--and flipped--the PI is a bad guy. Unfortunately, no third book is listed.


Michael Robison wrote re POISONED ROSE:
> I haven't read it, but your plot description about the protagonists'
> struggle to
> escape their impending doom sounds like a typical noir scenario. The
> keeps the light shining ever so dimly at the end of the tunnel until the
> inevitable
> end.
> Based on THE BLACK DAHLIA and THE BIG HEAT, I've decided that
> noir does not absolutely require crushing defeat in the end for the
> protagonist.

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