RARA-AVIS: Cozy vs. Noir -- Tension?

From: Bludis Jack ( buildsnburns@yahoo.com)
Date: 13 Oct 2004

Jim Doherty said:

<<Sayers's intro to OMINIBUS OF CRIME, contributed to the tension that exists to this day between partisans of traditional mysteries and those of hard-boiled/noir, as exemplified most recently, apparently, in Russell James's article (which I haven't read so I'm going by what I've heard).>>

I don't know about Russell James's article, but it is my opinion that there is no longer
"tension" between cozy and noir writers and fans. There is merely an agreement to disagree and to accept that not many mysteries can be all things to all people.

Some cozy and noir writers are drifting slowly to a middle ground where there is a bit of this and a bit of that, which is why I attend the Malice conference.

A cozy can touch on social issues, a hardboiled novel can present a puzzle.

Jack Bludis

"Shadow of the Dahlia," Sept 30th. "Munchies," Shamus and Anthony nominee, Best Short Story http://www.jackbludis.com

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