>Btw, I was reading an article about "Night and the City" last night.
The >author said the character of Harry Fabian (Richard Widmark)in the film >was (paraphrasing) "a rat caught in a maze lined with razor blades." That >is a great metaphor for that type of story.
After reading through about a week's posts on this subject, this definition comes to mind ( with a little subliminal help from John Lau - a Noir story is one in which the light at the end of the tunnel is always the headlight of an on-coming train.
'Rat in a maze lined with Razor Blades' comes from the final image in a classic EC comics horror story, in which the protagonist finds himself in said maze - and then the lights go out!
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