How does he do it? How does he make you turn those pages, rapaciously reading? And what’s hidden in his noir style that gives it that compelling impetus?
Let’s remind ourselves of the definition of ‘noir’. ‘A genre of crime film or fiction characterised by cynicism, fatalism, and moral ambiguity.’
No wonder I like it so much.
So what’s under the bonnet? Let’s have a look at a couple of style tools from a couple of the books in the 18-book Lew Archer series (The Moving Target being the first).
Continue reading The Moving Target by Ross Macdonald (1949)
Back to Chandler again, and his two favourite subjects: booze and broads.
Let’s dodge some bullets and savour some more Chandler style. Been a while. The Little Sister’s in the heading, so let’s let it lead.
By and along the way, one can’t help wondering if the author speaks from personal experience. If so, what a life.
Continue reading The Little Sister by Raymond Chandler (1949)
No, no, no – wait, wait, wait!
Just because you think you might’ve had enough Chandler doesn’t mean you’re not wrong.
Picture this. A beauty so elegant, so divine, she renders her beholder invisible.
The old bar waiter came drifting by and glanced softly at my weak Scotch and water. I shook my head and he bobbed his white thatch, and right then a dream walked in.
Continue reading The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler (1953)
Okay, okay – last Chandler nibble for a bit. The indignity of being shot at.
Continue reading The King in Yellow by Raymond Chandler (1950)
Fancy a quick one?
Here’s the maestro on suspense – and its release.
Continue reading Finger Man by Raymond Chandler (1950)
Sticking with Chandler’s style for a few short posts.
Here’s the story’s hero trying to be tough and in control but it not working very well. One’s got to smile.
Continue reading Pearls are a Nuisance by Raymond Chandler (1950)