Re: RARA-AVIS: Short Story vs Novella -- "True Mysteries"

From: Al Guthrie (
Date: 25 Dec 2003

----- Original Message ----- From: "Bludis Jack" <>

> And a question: Since we deal mostly with hard
> boiled and noir here--are most hardboiled and
> noir novels "true mysteries?"

I'm not entirely sure what a "true mystery" is, Jack, but if it involves clues and detection then criminal-protagonist noir/hardboiled novels (crime novels, for short) often have no mystery element at all (which is why Elmore Leonard objects so strongly to being called a mystery writer).


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