Re: RARA-AVIS: Who changed the noir writing ?

Date: 02 Mar 2007

Chris wrote:

"Ken Bruen consistently delights with his books, though I am not sure I will like the writers that are influenced by his style down the road
(this is not a knock on Ken. At all)."

I know what you mean. Ken Bruen is one of my favorites (one of very few authors I will buy in hardback, have even ordered books from the overseas because of the delay before their US printing), but I'm kind of dreading the probable imitators, fearing they will try to imitate the distinctive style and miss the substance.

"Is there anyone who has debuted since 2000 (and yes the date is arbitrary) who is blowing other Avians away? If so, please share."

Charlie Huston, both his crime and vampire nor series, have the first volume collecting his Moon Knight on order.

Dominic Stansberry is pre-2000, right? I wasn't as impressed by The Confession as some (nor was I offended by it), but Last Days of Il Duce and Chasing the Dragon were great. I've go to get some more of his.

And a few rara-avians:

Duane Swierzcynski, with two crime novels that are pretty different in subgenre, but both wit breakneck paces.

Dave Zeltserman whose Fast Lane twists the PI genre. Looking forward to his next -- isn't it imminent Dave?

Allan Guthrie was first published after 200, right? I've really liked both of his, looking forward to his next.

Richard Aleas's Little Girl Lost was a nice series debut.

Terrill Lee Lankford published two (very good) pre-2000 books before immersing himself in the film industry. Post-2000 he came back with two books set in its underbelly.

These may not be rewriting the rules of the genre/s (with the possible exception of Dave's subversion, but there's decades ol precedent for that, too), but they are renewing it by writing very well within them.


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