RARA-AVIS: Re: Corporate Noir?

From: Richard Moore ( moorich2@aol.com)
Date: 28 Mar 2005

There were several novels by John D. MacDonald that might qualify. A KEY TO THE SUITE (1961) is one example and one of my favorite by JDM. I bought this one new off the rack. Damn that was 44 years ago. There was another one about a factory being taken over by a corporate raider. I can't check the title at the moment but perhaps someone can supply it for us. This was many years before such activities began receiving media attention. JDM made good use of his Harvard MBA.

Richard Moore

--- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, Jay Gertzman <jgertzma@e...> wrote:
> Does anyone know of crime novels in which the machinations of
> crime as opposed to "underworld" or "mafia" crime is the source of
> suffering and despair. I know that Chandler, Hammet, Westlake,
> Goodis, Wolfert describe political and mob bosses who are too
> to reach, or so much in control of a city that their confederates
> include editors, bankers, police chiefs, etc. But these are of
> scale, who are flawed, and sometime hindered by anger, greed, lust,
> Even Michael Corleone carries guilt at some level; even the
> Noah Cross in _Chinatown_ is a human sized power monger obsessed
> ultimate power, therefore incest.
> But what about the impersonal, mechanistic force that the
> represents, the kind that is flawless because inhuman and
superhuman. It
> is reponsible for mega-death (pollution, cancer from cigarettes,
> from unsafe autos, bought-and-paid-for politicans who prevent
> of the abuses caused by accounting, insurance, credit card, or
> pharmaceutical businesses)? Are there noir crime novels which
> the results of corporate power? I know non crime genre works do
> even _The Grapes of Wrath_ (1939). The foreclosing bank is
described as
> an enemy no dispossed farmer can deal with, even by shooting its
> minions. _Fight Club_ comes close in describing the need of
> employees to assert their humanity by pain, identity swapping, and
> of terrorism against the system and even innocent individuals
> lives have been homogenized and emasculated the sterility of
> mall, and "sanatized" entertainment. Perhaps this is a subject too
> abstract for the crime or mystery genre, but it seems to me to be a
> chief cause of man-made, criminal suffering world wide.

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