--- In email@example.com, "Ron Clinton" <clinton65@...> wrote:
> If that were a valid, comprehensive definition of noir, it seems to
> that would discount a number of works associated with the genre.
> INSIDE ME by Thompson leaps immediately to mind (and, yes, SMALL
> well). I suppose each of the works' protagonists have an element of
> self-delusion wherein *they* might believe they're trying to do the
> thing...but the truth known to the reader is quite different.
If you're dealing with psychos, you have many possibilities open that
wouldn't be acceptable otherwise. You also expose yourself to
narrative dangers and problems that you wouldn't have otherwise. In a
way, a psycho character is never "established", he's a quicksand.
Then there are guys you can't be sure about, like the protagonist of
Charlie Huston's _Caught Stealing_. That is a very interesting
character, in my opinion. I don't know if this novel caught fire with
the public, but it's excellent.
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