Re: RARA-AVIS: I have a question in answer to your suggestions

From: cptpipes2000 (
Date: 24 Aug 2004

While considering the noir suggestion list, I noticed that a number of the books feature main characters (often narrators) who lose their grips and become evil over the course of the books.

As often as not, the slip is gradual enough that the guys (and the ones I can think of are guys) don't realize it. The Ax is a prominent example of this and our new listee Jason has done this expertly as well in his books(for some reason Cold Caller is my favorite example, though I hope not because I relate to the character!). Shark-Infested Custard is the same way though for the life of me I can't remember if it has first or third person narration. Even the kid in Tapping the Source goes through period of this before snapping out in the end. I guess Lou Ford is the most prominent example.

Is this part of the noir tradition that I should have learned about ages ago, or have I simply selected a few random examples that aren't a part of anything bigger?

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