Re: RARA-AVIS: Noir=dark and sinister atmosphere

Date: 16 Dec 2003


Re your question below:

> I think I understand it now. Thanks, Jim, for
> getting that sorted. Now I
> have to figure out where I would rank Wilkie
> Collins' THE MOONSTONE among great
> noir novels. It's a fine novel with dark and
> sinister atmosphere dripping
> from every page. Tentatively, I would put it above
> Mickey Spillane's ONE LONELY
> NIGHT but I would appreciate your thoughts.

I hate to admit that I've never read THE MOONSTONE. I have read THE WOMAN IN WHITE, which certainly sustains, and sustains beautfully, a dark and sinister atmosphere throughout, so I'd assume the same to be true of THE MOONSTONE.


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