Re : RARA-AVIS: Best Sheriff Mysteries (was "western vs noir, cowboy vs private eye")

From: E. Borgers (
Date: 11 Jul 2009

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    If you want a sheriff in rural settings, then go for John Mac Partland’s I’LL SEE YOU IN HELL which is a first class HB/noir novel. Though and violent.


    Also: SWEET CHEAT by Peter Duncan: rural, ironic, caustic and a good novel with a sheriff battling against bigotry…. Not to be missed.


    HOT SPOT – Charles Williams – dark, noir and twisted. In a small town. Sheriff is not the center of the story.


    And speaking of Williams, why not his masterpiece of humor, tongue in cheek, 100% rural with a sheriff as secondary character of great importance: THE DIAMOND BIKINI


    There are others, of course, but this is a good start.




    --- En date de : Sam 11.7.09, Shannon Clute <> a écrit :

    De: Shannon Clute <> Objet: RARA-AVIS: Best Sheriff Mysteries (was "western vs noir, cowboy vs private eye")
    À: Date: Samedi 11 Juillet 2009, 18h09


          This thread has made me realize that I haven't read enough fiction

    that walks that western/noir tightrope.

    I'm especially interested in finding titles written or set between

    1940 and 1955, featuring a rural sheriff as the protagonist (such as

    Jim Thompson--a personal favorite--but perhaps where the Sheriff has a

    few more redeeming qualities).


    Thanks a lot,

    Shannon Clute

    www.noircast. net







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