Bcon panels: What's your favorite non-standard setting for noir?
"`I'm Special Agent Ryder,' he said. `I understand you've been having some trouble with former mayor Whitney.'
"I had to laugh. Is there anything in this town that isn't public knowledge?"
"Now that I was running plastic, I needed to buy some new clothes, but I didn't want to chance any buys in Key West.
"Like Yale said, it's a small town."
"See, this is one of the downsides of living your whole life in a small town. The cop knows what happened, and he knows that I know. Pretty soon, it'll be in the fucking paper."Those passages do double duty as a leitmotif, tying the story together, and as an answer to the question of why Key West is a good place to set a noirish crime story. Noir is all about constriction, about the world closing in on the protagonist, and since a small town can be a constricted place even for those not just out of prison trying to collect old debts, getting ripped off, and running into mobsters and corrupt politicians, you can imagine how tough it is on Dennis' Don Roy Doyle.
But let's talk about you. What's your favorite non-standard noir setting, i.e., not New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, et al.? How does the author convince you that his or her unusual setting is a good one?
© Peter Rozovsky 2013