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

From: Kerry J. Schooley (
Date: 14 Oct 2004

At 08:14 PM 14/10/2004 +0000, you wrote:

>Litmus test: Is Simenon a cozy or hardboiled writer?

I'm more inclined to think of Simenon as a writer of psychological mysteries than either cosy or hardboiled. Nor do I think he's noir, though there are certainly noirish elements to Maigret's point-of-view. I'm not sure Simenon could be said to write in the vernacular, but then I've only read English translations.

My point is, however, that there are more than 2 categories of crime writing, and they frequently overlap just to complicate things further. I can't speak to Lorac, except to say that by your description she may not be cosy, but that does not necessarily make her hardboiled. And nationality has less to do with it now than it did, say, mid twentieth century or earlier.

Best Kerry

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