Re: RARA-AVIS: greatest noir or detective protags

From: Allan Guthrie (
Date: 02 Aug 2009

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    Noir and series characters are largely incompatible unless you take the series as an ARC, in which case you have to know how it ends. Bearing that in mind, I think the series protagonists I've most consistently enjoyed are:

    Derek Raymond's unnamed DS in the 'Factory' novels Ray Banks's ex-con unofficial PI Cal Innes (although Banks has frequently claimed that he doesn't write noir because writing a series prohibits it, as above: that was before book #4, Beast Of Burden, which is stunning and definitely noir) Charlie Williams's supremely flawed Royston Blake from the Mangel trilogy. Ken Bruen's Jack Taylor.

    I can't count either.


    ----- Original Message ----- >> > Thought I'd ask those with a moment to list their three favorite noir
    >> > characters in a recurring role, preferably the protag. And I'm assuming
    >> > that he is flawed.
    >> >
    >> > A detective / cop would be okay. The recurring aspect is the important
    >> one.

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