Re: RARA-AVIS: Suggestions?

From: Doug Bassett (
Date: 23 Aug 2004

There's not much out there like O'Connell -- except more O'Connell. All of his books are good and worth seeking out.

J.G. Ballard is probably the closest I can think of, though he's not normally considered "noir" -- have you read HIGH RISE or CRASH?

If you're really just looking for "literate, a little self-conciously highbrow, and depressing":

I don't like it much myself, but there's Marc Behm's EYE OF THE BEHOLDER. There was a movie a couple of years back, a tie-in paperback shouldn't be too hard to find.

Derek Raymond's Factory series is excellent. (I still need to track down a copy of I WAS DORA SUAREZ).


I'm sure people will toss in others.


--- wrote:

> Hi all,
> I'm wondering if anyone can suggest some good heavy
> noir books,
> collections, or stories. I've read a bunch of
> Vachss and Ian Rankin
> and am looking for something a bit darker. I've
> heard good things
> about Block's Matt Scudder series, but I checked out
> his collection
> "Hitman" and found it a bit too...upbeat.
> I thinking of stuff along the lines of Jack
> O'Connell's "Word Made
> Flesh."
> Thanks,
> -Neddal

===== Doug Bassett

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