I heard this morning that I am going to be giving a paper at the Literary Art of Murder conference in Newcastle in April 2008. I’m going to be talking about the “new noir” a sub-genre that recreates the 1950s setting of original hard-boiled and “noir” crime writing, but does so in a knowing and contemporary way. James Ellroy and Megan Abbott are good, and contrasting, examples. Plenary speakers include Stephen Knight, Laura Marcus and Gill Plain. There is to be a reception with The Murder Squad. More on this nearer the time.
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