Re: RARA-AVIS: Bouchercon article

From: Al Guthrie (
Date: 26 Sep 2005

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> In tragedy there is a sense of loss. In noir there is not. The difference
> here is hope. In a tragedy you can hope for a better outcome. In noir you
> can not.

I'm not sure about that. Goodis's characters have frequently lost something. Cassidy, in CASSIDY'S GIRL, or Eddie in DOWN THERE, spring to mind. Same with Cain (the protagonist of SERENADE). In tragedy, though, the story starts much earlier. Maybe noir starts where tragedy ends?

As for hope, well it's a key ingredient in many of Jason Starr's extremely noir novels. Hope can really screw you up.


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