RARA-AVIS: A little heresy -- Hardboiled and Noir

From: Bludis Jack ( buildsnburns@yahoo.com)
Date: 15 Dec 2003

As a novel, I believe that "The Maltese Falcon" is hardboiled but not noir.

As far as the dark and sinister goes? I think this applies to movies rather than to books.

I think that a novel told totally from Ted Bundy's point of view would be noir no matter how much sunlight there was.

Bundy, for all of his getting away with murder for such a long period of time, was still a loser.

A novel told from a similar character's pov, even if he got away with it at the end of the book, would still be noir, because it is about a loser.

Murder is a loser's tool.

When you get down to it though, all of these things are subject to individual interpretation, but it's fun to read novels and think about them, to read discussions about them, and to learn from the likes of Jim Doherty, Miker, and other regular contributors.

Jack Bludis

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