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I didn’t set out to write about Micky, or Carol come to that. The rain was falling steadily, running down the small, below ground-level window, which is the only source of natural light in the boiler-room where I write. For some obscure reason it reminded me of a rain-soaked street in Sydney, Australia; a street I’ve walked down many times, both wet and dry. As I held that image in the back of my eyelids, a man appeared. Yellow streetlights reflected from the wet tarmac; he walked in the shadow of the plane trees, pulling his hood up against the unrelenting rain. He stopped, leaned against a tree, and waited. Right at that moment, I knew what I had to do.

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Protagonist

Protagonist - which is your favourite? We all have our favourite protagonist, these are a handful of mine. Being a fan of noir, protagonist Philip Marlowe, the private detective created by Raymond Chandler, is high on my list. He is one of the most inspirational character I have ever read. He's the epitome of heroism, toughness, and loneliness. Another classic noir protagonist is Sam Spade, from Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon. Sam Spade is able to take care of himself in any situation, able to…

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Noir

Noir and neo-noir fiction and movies. Noir was an easy choice for today's letter 'N' for the April A to Z Challenge. Noir is one of my favourite genres in both books and movies. The core of popular noir stems from authors such as Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, James M. Cain - "The Postman Always Rings Twice", Patricia Highsmith - "The Talented Mr. Ripley" (1955), and David Goodis - "Down There" (1956), which is a moody, intense novel of a musician who's fallen on hard times,…

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