Re: RARA-AVIS: Plot vs. Character

From: Juri Nummelin (
Date: 02 May 2005


> She can be truculent... but those plots are wicked. And the
characters, pretty nasty. And
> the outlook, pessimistic. Sometimes I think she was a closet noirist.

Isn't it necessary for a crime or a mystery novel to have nasty characters? I don't think that makes Christie any more noirist than any other British Golden Age crime writer. If someone should be labeled noirist from that era, it would be Francis Iles.


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