RARA-AVIS: Re: Corporate Noir

From: Kevin Burton Smith ( kvnsmith@thrillingdetective.com)
Date: 30 Mar 2005

On Mar 29, 2005, at 3:33 AM, rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com wrote:

> Does anyone know of crime novels in which the machinations of
> corporate crime as opposed to "underworld" or "mafia" crime is the
> source of suffering and despair. I know that Chandler, Hammet,
> Westlake, McGivern, Goodis, Wolfert describe political and mob bosses
> who are too powerful to reach, or so much in control of a city that
> their confederates include editors, bankers, police chiefs, etc. But
> these are of human scale, who are flawed, and sometime hindered by
> anger, greed, lust, etc.

There was a great Brandstetter novel about the corporate disposal of toxic waste, with a twisted, blackly humourous ending. NIGHTWORK maybe?

And if you don't mind the mix of surreal black humour, most of Carl Hiassen's books qualify.

Also, CHINATOWN, although I know we're not supposed to mention original movies here.


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