RARA-AVIS: Re: Greetings from a New Member!

From: uplandharmabooks ( uplandharmabooks@yahoo.com)
Date: 02 May 2007

Hi Annick-

Greetings from middle America (Indiana)! I'd like to suggest a few authors you might like to check out: Jim Thompson, David Goodis, Charles Willeford, and a current writer, James Ellroy. These guys are all dark and hard-boiled and their stories take place in the era you're looking for (with the exception of Willeford who wrote up into the 80s). I'll also throw Charles Williams out as a suggestion; his earlier stuff is his best, I feel, and his stories are more noir-ish than hard-boiled. One other that I like to mention whenever I can is
"Branded Woman" by Wade Miller. Written in 1952 it features a female protagonist who is a toughie and can hold her own; it's also quite dark and I classify it as roman noir.

And I second the advice of reading whatever Al suggests. He's spot on with his recommendations!

Amy peace

--- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, "nakedcitydame" <calliope67@...> wrote:
> Hello everyone,
> Very excited to be a part of this group. I have long been a fan of
> FILM Noir, but just recently started actually READING it. When I tell
> you I'm a librarian you may think that declaration a bit odd. My
> equal passions are films and books, I toggle back and forth between
> them. I consider myself a femme fatale at heart, but a librarian by
> day, just to keep myself out of trouble.
> I am a fan of the Chandler, Cain school of noir writing and I really
> enjoy when I can find a modern writer that captures this style. I
> think I may have found one in Megan Abbott. I have read some of the
> postings about her on this board and I am glad you regard her as
> highly as I do. I particularly like the "voice" that she gives her
> characters. Her command of the noir language is dead on. I read Die a
> Little first, just finished The Song is You. Die.. really impressed
> me, The Song... just blew me away. Can't wait unitl Queenpin is
> released, I've already pre-ordered it on Amazon.com!
> I would really appreciate some reading suggestions for authors I
> should read next, if I like Megan Abbott's stories. I prefer stories
> that are set in the noir era, late '40s and '50s, that really capture
> that "voice" that is reminiscent of the writing style from that
> period in time. If I had to make a choice, The Song is You comes
> closer to my preferred storyline. Gil Hopkins reminds me of a Phillip
> Marlowe type, disillusioned but not yet ready to give up, still
> searching for the truth.
> I look forward to reading this groups opinions and analyses and hope
> I can contribute something that will be worth reading as well.
> Sincerely,
> Annick

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