Subject: Re: RARA-AVIS: "An Equivalent of the Femme Fatal"?

Date: 12 Aug 2003

Not so very noir, but James M. Cain's 'Serenade' (***SPOILER***) pivots on the reappearance of a male character who has in the past been the protagonist's perceived sexual downfall. As I recall it the novel is about a man building himself up again from some strange unmanned state (for which no explanation is at first given) with the aid of a Mexican prostitute, then once again facing his 'homme fatal'. It's a good, crazy novel, and must have been pretty near-the-knuckle in the 1930's.

Charlie Williams.

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