--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "David Corbett" <davidcorbettauthor@...> wrote:
> Excuse me if I'm contributing to this topic after the parade has passed, I've been outside reliable Internet range. I've had a chance now to catch up, read all the postings now, as well as Otto's piece (Otto the relentless conservative writing for the Huffington Post -- now THAT is noir).
I'm thinking of the story CONSIDER IT LIT, which appeared at Thrilling Detective and now in my collection, SHOT TO DEATH.
The main character is a PI who's physically, emotionally, and mentally spent. He's on a surveillance job waiting to see if a back injury claim is fraudulent.
While sitting in his car, he's fielding phone calls from his boss and his father, both of whom are abusive. He's also sipping from a bottle and is half lit.
Finally, he passes a point of endurance, and decides to force the issue by flushing out the faker. He sets the house on fire.
The story ends on a note of doom: the PI listens to the paralyzed man screaming as he's roasted alive.
I'm sure it's not a romantic comedy, but wonder how you would describe the character and the story from that thumbnail sketch using the definitions you developed.
This archive was generated by hypermail 2b29 : 19 Aug 2010 EDT