“Claire DeWitt and the Bohemian Highway”: Noir for a new age
Fate, dark and implacable, has always played a role in noir fiction. People meet, actions are taken and a vast machinery is set in motion, the characters carried along by it more or less against their wills. This makes the hard-boiled detective novel one of the more mystically disposed genres, as unlikely as that may sound to the casual observer. Perhaps it was only a matter of time until a sleuth came along whose expertise was essentially irrational.