Re: RARA-AVIS: Nag, Nag, Nag Noir

From: Allan Guthrie (
Date: 22 Jul 2009

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    PI novels don't sell well in the UK, hence the thriller label for Mr Clarinet. Now that Mr Clarinet has sold bucketloads, though, there'll be a terrific comparative title for new PI novels, so there might be a resurgence. We'll see.

    If you made it to the bookstore, let us know how you got on.

    ----- Original Message ----- From: "Mark Sullivan" <>
    > You know, Al, now that you call me on it, I think the devaluation of the
    > term noir (through the form of neo-noir, which seems to be applied to
    > every post-Tarantino crime film) is more a film thing than a book thing.
    > As you mention, thriller seems to be the marketing laebl du jour for crime
    > novels of any sort (for instance, I mentioned recently that Nick Stone's
    > Mr Clarinet just seemed like a straight PI novel to me -- not a putdown).
    > I'm probably stopping in a bookstore this afternoon. I'll have to look at
    > the covers.
    > Mark

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