Re: RARA-AVIS: Allan Guthrie's Top 200 Noirs

From: Jeff Vorzimmer (
Date: 19 Dec 2007


I was looking over your Top 200 Noirs and I noted a couple of things. First, I don't see any women on the list and such a list should at least include Highsmith and Caspary or to rephrase--they really should have been among the authors you read. Second, I see Boris Vian's I Spit on Your Graves, which really isn't worthy of a Top 200 list. Third, it's a strange definition of noir that allows you to include Tobacco Road, but not The Maltese Falcon or The Big Sleep. Fourth, there are much better Willefords than the two you list.

That said, I must add you are still the biggest influence on what I read.

Cheers, Jeff

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