Re: RARA-AVIS: Willeford as god of noir

From: Dave Zeltserman (
Date: 06 Oct 2007

> Don Lee wrote:
> I thought COCKFIGHTER (which I read about 3 weeks ago)
> was really really good. However, it struck me only
> after I had finished it to wonder, why is this noir?
> I mean, it is and it isn't, maybe.
> ****************
> I don't see it as noir. Maybe I would if I was a
> chicken.
> miker

The reason I see it as noir is the way the guy damages his life for his singleminded pursuit to be Cockfighter of the Year. As with other Willeford books it looks at the self-destructive nature of an artist who refuses to compromise. Woman Chaser also follows this theme.

Dave Zeltserman

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