RARA-AVIS: Re:Noir -- Penzler, Kerry, Brian, Jack and MRT

From: cc_sdr633 (cc_sdr633@yahoo.com)
Date: 19 Aug 2010

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    --- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, "David Corbett" <davidcorbettauthor@...> wrote:
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    > 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).
    >
      Hey David,
      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.
      Stephen http://www.StephenDRogers.com



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