Dec 9 2009
Naomi Fry: California Haze
California is usually portrayed as a palm-treed Eden, wholesome and easeful, but as the Roman Polanski scandal has reminded us, this sunny vision has a lurid underside. Noir is one form this shadow world takes, but the books I've selected below aren't noirish and share none of that genre's sense of mystery. Rather, transgression here is casual, explainable, and inextricably linked to the everyday world.
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