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

From: Jacques Debierue (
Date: 14 Oct 2004

Kerry, I don't think you can approach the subject by comparing emblematic cozies against typical hardboileds.

Many English crime writers (the now forgotten E.C.R. Lorac is an example) did not favor the flamboyant manor house environment. Her work is quite realistic, though the reality is far from that of an American city. The same can be said of Josephine Tey. Writers such as these could be labeled cozy because the violence is more muted and less abundant, but not because they use comfortable formulas. So, there are cozies and cozies. And hardboileds and hardboileds (from Hammett to Ellroy or Raymond it's quite a stretch).

Litmus test: Is Simenon a cozy or hardboiled writer?



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