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Review: 'The Twenty-Year Death' by Ariel S. Winter is 3-in-1 noir
Review: 'The Twenty-Year Death' by Ariel S. Winter is 3-in-1 noir

-------------------- The Twenty-Year Death A Novel Ariel S. Winter Hard Case Crime: 672 pp., $25.99 -------------------- Noir is, first and foremost, style. It's like kabuki, or, more to the point, the blues — a folk art defined by its conventions, by a sensibility and a form. The best noir is pointed, not so much about plot as it is about voice. It's about what happens when someone gets pushed beyond the limit, when he or she comes face to face with the emptiness inside. Think of Raymond Chandler, who helped define the genre when he started writing detective fiction in the 1930s, or Jim Thompson, whose pulp novels of the 1950s and early 1960s gave it a more desperate...

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