RARA-AVIS: Re: Another noir definition

From: Frederick Zackel (fzackel@wcnet.org)
Date: 26 Jul 2010

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    Geez, I'm sorry about the book cover into poster idea.

    The other day Dick Lochte wrote:

    "Dave Kehr, for my money the paper's best movie critic, examines new noir movie DVD collections and provides the following requirements of classic film noir: 'a pervasive sense of urban menace and malign fate, conveyed by a Germanic visual style full of threatening shadows and forced perspectives; a fall-guy hero wrenched out of a comfortable existence by an arbitrary twist of fate or a moment of moral weakness; a femme fatale who leads the hero on with her sexuality but ultimately only wants to use him and toss him away; a downbeat ending that finds the protagonist defeated or dead - or, preferably, both.'"

    I got all that! in my novella "A Death in Key Largo"...

    Corky Collins and his girlfriend want his wife murdered.

    "Killing somebody you love is a serious thing. It's got to mean something to you." Even more so, "Whacking people is easy. People do it all the time. Amateurs kill on the spur of the moment, and then they get popped by the cops just like that. Professionals take their time and don't get caught."

    But the best laid plans always go wrong, don't they?

    Available at Kindle and smashwords.

    Enjoy good noir writing poolside at the cocktail hour tonight.

    Best wishes,



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