Ron Clinton quoted from David Corbetts essay:
> " Noir is precisely about men and women whose misfortune is
> brought about
> through “vice or depravity.” It’s a subgenre of
> tragedy, in which the error
> of judgment is the belief, often born of desperation, that
> a criminal act
> can redeem one’s pitiless luck."
> That last sentence encapsulates exactly how I envision noir
> and, as someone
> else on this list mentioned, it's a heckuva lot richer (and
> accurate) than
> "noir = screwed."
Ron is exactly right, that last sentence encapsulates it, and the someone else who mentioned that it was better than "noir=screwed" and the person who said that was me, the originator of "noir=screwed." I'll leave it to the group to say whether it beats Jim Doherty's "dark and sinister." (I contend that it is)
I would contend that the last that last sentence is the best and most concisely accurate definition definition of noir that I've seen here or anyplace else.
"Shadow of the Dahlia," a Shamus finalist novel at Amazon.com
and BarnesandNoble.com New edition trade-paper, Kindle, and Nook
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