Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Book review in Journal of Social History

From: Mark Sullivan (
Date: 10 Apr 2004


I actually agree with you for once. While many noir and hardboiled authors do write about moral choices, I think you're right that, overall, noir and hardboiled are no more defined by or concerned with moral choices than many other genres of fiction.

I also agree that morality does not enter into Parker's decisions. Morality is completely irrelevant to him, making him more amoral than immoral, which I take to mean choosing to go against morality. The only thing Parker weighs is the cost/benefit of any of his actions. My only point was that authors and readers can still explore the concept of morality through examining amoral or immoral characters and actions.


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