Re: RARA-AVIS: Non fiction works / analysis...

From: Al Guthrie (
Date: 11 Jun 2003

----- Original Message ----- From: "Ron Clinton" <>
> I've just begun THE NOIR THRILLER by Lee Horsley and while it's too early
> yet to form any opinion on it, from early page-thumbing of this hardcover
> appears to be a great overview of noir literature from the '20's to the
> '90's. I managed to snag a copy through our inter-library program and was
> delighted to be able to do so, since it seems to be quite scarce...and
> expensive when available. While designated perhaps less for popular
> consumption than educational critique, it looks to be a terrific and
> informative read. Has anyone read this...any comments?

It's what you say, Ron. A terrific and informative read. Yes, it's written for students of noir fiction. But, isn't that what a lot of us are? The sheer scale of the book is incredible. More than 350 novels are discussed. Over 150 authors. I thought it was so good, I asked the author if I could put an extract on my website.

"Vengeance Is Mine" From the "Fatal Men" chapter of Lee Horsley's "The Noir Thriller"

She also maintains a great website for students of noir/hardboiled fiction.


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