Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: hardboiled comedy

From: Kerry J. Schooley (
Date: 08 Mar 2005

At 02:27 PM 07/03/2005 -0800, you wrote:
>BaxDeal suggested hardboiled or noir writing almost
>completely devoid of humour:
>Andrew Vachss comes to mind.

The only Vachss I've read (False Allegations, if I recall correctly) was indeed humourless, which I took to be a failing. It seemed to proselytise for some cure for pedophilia, which in my books would make it dark, but not noir. Of course, I may have read the wrong example of his work.

Someone also mentioned Ross Macdonald as humourless. I'd agree humour wasn't his strength, but he did allow Archer to use a self-deprecating humour now and then to hide his purpose and identity.

Best, Kerry

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