> Along the lines of the scenarios we have been discussing, I wonder if noir will veer away from crime and become the preferred vehicle for telling noncriminous realistic stories as well. To me, that would make a lot of sense, and in fact, I bet it's already happening. I don't see any reason why noir should be a subgenre of crime fiction and/or crime film.
I would not be surprised if this is happening in novels that I'm not aware of, but I am certain that there are short stories that fit this bill.
Off the top of my head:
Scott Wolven's Controlled Burn and Richard Lange's Dead Boys contain examples. Larry Brown's Big Bad Love. Chris Offutt's story collection probably has more examples, but the powerful "Two-Eleven All Around" is one that stands out even though I haven't read it in 10 years. (Man, Offutt is missed as a prose writer).
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