Our guest this week was once told there were no Algerian crime novels. She begs to differ.
From state crimes and political murders to family feuds and petty crime, with investigations conducted by professionals or the uninitiated, Algerian crime writers have produced some the most entertaining stories I have read -- and are certainly the most vibrant in the Algerian literary corpus.
"None of the stories has the linguistic terseness typical of hardboiled noir. But the appeal of noir is not just its tone. It′s how we flip from seeing a corrupt world through the lens of a good-man detective to that of a self-destructive criminal or victim. For this, Beirut works at least as well as Brooklyn."
The "Arab Noir" panel at "'Protect and Serve': Crime Fiction and Community" promises an innovative discussion of the ways in which Arabs do, or don’t do, crime fiction.
Are gentleman-thieves and murder mysteries making a comeback in Arabic popular fiction?