RARA-AVIS: Re: Deadheads & the Laughing Policeman

From: caroli1975 ( karabair@gmail.com)
Date: 06 Jul 2007

--- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, "Jacques Debierue" <matrxtech@...> wrote:
> y. He's closer to P.D. James or Ruth
> > Rendell.
> That may well be the problem for the original poster... while I don't
> dislike Hill, there is a certain cosiness that makes me not take his
> stories all that seriously. I prefer authors who put a little more
> distance between themselves and the reader, a little more
> aggresiveness. Fun for reading at the beach, but not all that
> memorable. His plots are good, though.

I'm not sure what you mean by 'cosiness' -- would that be psychological distance, and lack of aggressiveness? It seems you're implying that anything that's noir must be "cosy" -- a label that I'm resisting because it's so often used dismissively. I don't think that the mainstream UK police procedural (represented here by James, Rendell, and in a slightly off-center sense, by Hill) is cosy by any stretch of the imagination. They all delve into dark corners of psychology, they have protagonists constantly worn down by the things they encounter, and contain plenty of other aspects that make the writing more than superficial. Like I said, they're not noir, but that's a categorization, rather than a value judgment.

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