--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, JIM DOHERTY <jimdohertyjr@...> wrote:
> Finally, James M. Cain is neither the founding father, nor the sole exemplar of what constitutes literary noir. He is predated by Hammett, Burnett, Chandler, Woolrich, and even by comparative hacks like James Hadley Chase and Peter Cheyney, all of whom were published by the mystery line that first coined the term for literary noir.
How Like a God by Rex Stout was published in 1929, and this is as noir as it gets--a man's sexual obsession leading him to murder and self-destruction.
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