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137– 42. J. L. Carr (1986) Leigh Brackett: American Writerr (Polk City, Iowa: C. Drumm). B. html, date accessed 21 June 2011. S. Swires (1991) ‘Leigh Brackett: Journeyman Plumber’ Backstory 2: Interviews with Screenwriters of the 1940s and 1950s, P. McGilligan ed. (Berkeley: University of California Press) pp. 15–26. Chris Pak Brewer, Gil (1922–83) Gil Brewer is one of the unacknowledged giants of the noir paperback writers from the 50s and 60s, whose best novels have a feverish quality to match the works of Jim Thompson and David Goodis.
Walter Sherris, a respectable family man, is set upon by a gang of five teenagers whose brutal attack leads to Sherris’ hospitalisation. His determination to see his attackers arrested makes him a target of further aggression. The metaphor of the tiger refers to a postulated, deep-rooted violence in human nature that emerges as a consequence of repression amongst socially respectable suburbanites. The Tiger Among Us offers a critique of social stereotyping as much in its examination of moral panic in response to casual violence and urban crime.
The Bernie Rhodenbarr series, characterised by their ‘burglar’ titles, concerns a professional thief, who usually finds himself wrongly accused of some greater crime than burglary, and must find the perpetrator. Unlike Matt Scudder, Rhodenbarr does not age as the series progresses, and his basic thief-by-night circumstances barely change. , is a good example of the plot format for the series. Rhodenbarr is interrupted while burgling an apartment and hides from the owner and her companion, emerging from the closet only to find the woman dead and the jewels he planned to steal gone.