RARA-AVIS: How About 'Hillbilly Noir'?

From: Dave Stuckey ( dwstuck@excite.com)
Date: 27 Mar 2006

Now THAT genre has a ring to it! ;-)

At any rate, I might've missed it but as an example, how about SWAMP SISTER by Robert Edmond Alter? Woodrell is great (by the way, Woe to Live On is pretty bleak -- Civil War Noir?), but for my money
"...Sister" fills the bill in a big way...

Thanks, Dave

--- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, "Channing" <filmtroll@...> wrote:
> For Redneck noir books I would nominate James Crumley's books
> the later ones. Mexican Tree Duck features Crumley's great Sughrue, an
> alcoholic, drug-addicted private detective in a small Montana town, but
> originally from Texas, who first takes on, then befriends a biker
gang that lives
> in a burned out school bus. Then Sughure rounds up a team of
> Vietnam vets who seem to enjoy reliving the war, and who happily
stay in an
> old hippie commune in rural Texas while working the case. Sughrue
> happily classify himself as a "redneck." All of Crumley's books are
solid noir.
> I also suggest Stephen Hunter's Dirty White Boys, which is more
heavy on the
> redneck than the noir. Sure, Bud Pewtie (a truly great redneck
name) is a
> Sheriff of a rural town, but he's an alcoholic cop, having an affair
with his
> partners wife while his life swirls out of is control, which
qualifies as noir. Bud
> takes on a twisted redneck escaped convict named Lamar Pye and his
> deranged, apparently inbred brother Odell, The book turns into a
> Terminator-esque series of shoot-outs at the end, but in the early
parts when
> the book focuses on Lamar's prison story it's entertaining and very
> Chan

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