Re: RARA-AVIS: HB/Noir Parodies

From: Nathan Cain (
Date: 29 Oct 2007

I've always been partial to Douglas Adams' detective novels, Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency and The Long, Dark Tea Time of the Soul.

On 10/29/07, Nigel Algar <> wrote:
> Richard Hallas¹ YOU PLAY THE BLACK AND THE RED COMES UP, first published
> in
> 1938, resides comfortably in the noir pantheon and is accurately described
> by Lee Server as Œa kind of tough-guy Alice in Wonderland, if Alice was an
> army-deserting, freight-hopping, opportunistic schmo and Wonderland was
> Hollywood¹. However there is a strong suspicion, shared by Server, that
> Hallas, in reality an Englishman who also penned LASSIE COME HOME, was
> gently guying the genre, albeit with great affection. Parody or not, it¹s
> still a fine book ­ and regrettably Hallas/Knight¹s sole excursion in the
> genre as he died in a WWII plane crash.
> Nigel
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