Re: RARA-AVIS: willie noir

From: jacquesdebierue (
Date: 06 Oct 2007

--- In, "Dave Zeltserman" <dz@...> wrote:
> I'm not sure the "willie principle" holds up if you take a hard look
> at the noir books out there.

No, it doesn't hold, but it is a prominent factor in a number of classic works. Some of my favorite willie-driven noirs are Gil Brewer's _13 French St._, Charles Williams's _The Hot Spot_, Block's
_Girl with the Long Green Heart_ and Kent Harrington's _Dark Ride_. But I do agree that many noir writers have not made much or any use of the Principle. Among contemporaries, neither Ellroy nor Starr have used it, that I remember. Neither has Westlake. Perhaps it's considered a bit worn out, no? Or perhaps the contemporary psyche is obsessed with other things.



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