Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Five great post-Chandler noir novels

A decade ago David Bowman picked a list of five great noir novels from the post-Chandler generations.

One title on the list:
Children of Light by Robert Stone

The most unloved child of all Stone's work (even editor Robert Gottlieb hated it), this novel contains the psychic framework of a good noir while simultaneously being the burnout death of the genre (despite noble attempts at resurrection by Jonathan Lethem ("Gun With Occasional Music") and Charlie Smith ("Chimney Rock"). Stone dispenses the crime elements offstage, and then wallows in drugs, suicide, madness, Oedipal failures and Mexico -- the traditional dumping ground for noir.
Read about the other books on the list.

Children of Light is one of Jane Ciabattari's five best novels on Hollywood.

--Marshal Zeringue