Content tagged ‘Noir’

What Does It Take for a Book to Be a Thriller?

November 11, 2015 | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment

Like all fiction, a thriller starts with story and character. To broadly paraphrase Henry James* (an unlikely source for thriller wisdom) “Characters drive the story; the story reveals the characters.” This tight fusion between story and character is especially important in a thriller. But what kind of story? What kind of character? I’ll concentrate on […]

Forgotten Book Review–Serenade by James M. Cain

November 2, 2015 | Tags: , | No Comments

NOT AT HIS BEST IN SERENADE, CAIN WAS STILL ABLE Serenade, by James M. Cain (1937) As Serenade opens, protagonist Jack Sharp is banished from Paradise, subsisting in Mexico as a kind of operatic stumblebum. He lost both his golden voice and his European Eden when his muse deserted him over the sin of homosexuality. […]