Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Daniel Woodrell on "Noir"

From: Allan Guthrie (
Date: 02 Feb 2009

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    The protagonists of thrillers are frequently 'good' guys, or 'sympathetic' or indeed 'heroic'. Leonard writes crime novels, where the focus is on the crime/ criminals, who don't necessarily display those attributes, and the only thing they're trying to prevent is their own capture or demise. You could argue that the latter is a crime, and indeed if the prevention of the protagonist's death was the focus of the novel, it may well be a thriller.

    ----- Original Message ----- From: "jacquesdebierue" <>
    > In that case, much of Elmore Leonard is out the window, no? I find the
    > word "enemy" intriguing in this definition. It reminds me of superhero
    > comics, good against evil, etc.

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