Re: RARA-AVIS: Bouchercon Noir Panel

From: William Ahearn (
Date: 13 Sep 2007

--- Brian Thornton <> wrote:

> William-
> See Bruen, Ken. The Jack Taylor series, beginning
> with the award-winning THE GUARDS and running (so
> far) through PRIEST.
> Noir fiction? Check.
I disagree. And it's not neo-noir either. I've read several of them. Basically, Ken Bruen's series is a cosy in Halloween drag. And I like the guy's writings. I own several of his books. But take them apart and see what makes them tick. Jack does not meet his inevitable end or justice as the result of his folly in these books. That's the definition of noir. Or a truncated one. I could go on. He's sleuth with David Goodis' map. It's dressed up with alcohol and violence but Jack doesn't change, isn't changed. What Bruen is doing is very cool and I like it in doses but it becomes as predictable as any series with the usual convienent characters and recurring roles. Why is it noir? Because it's dark and about lowlifes? I don't think that covers a noir definition.


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