Re: RARA-AVIS: Mafia Noir

From: Steve Lichtman (
Date: 13 Oct 2005

Thank you all for your recommendations.

I was thinking that if you retold Godfathers I and II from Fredo's persepctive (especially as played by John Cazale) - now that would be a noir tale of desperation and doom. He certainly got screwed out on Lake Tahoe.

--- "E.Borgers" <> wrote:

--------------------------------- Mafia Noir is certainly not a rarity. Maybe it's the US mafia, as topic, which became out of fashion as it's not the top of organized crime anymore.

Fortunately (?) other countries are reviving the flame, like Russian mafia, Chinese mafia, Colombian mafia, Yakusas and more, all of which we found now heavy traces in contemporary noir.

Coming back to the classic mafia, do not forget the novels by Max Allan Collins, built around historical figures of the wise guys: there was the excellent: NEON MIRAGE- 1988 (about Bugsy Siegel's Las Vegas), TRUE DETECTIVE, THE MILLION-DOLLAR WOUND... all from his Nat Heller series.

Also some of the novels by E. Richard Johnson .

And there are much more.


John Williams :

>Shane Stevens' Dead City. And, organised crime-wise,
George V. Higgins'
>The Friends Of Eddie Coyle

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