SEBASTIAN J. KULATHASSERY
The discursive narrative of crime has been a part of literary work from time immemorial and such narratives have been enjoyed by the readers of all times. Yet this genre has never been accorded the status of other genres and academic studies were not done in this field and looked down upon as minor literary form. It remained subdued to all other forms of writing as it was considered an entertainment for low mind or a kind of relaxing crossword puzzle for those taxed with higher intellectual commitments till it gained the status of dominant form of writing in the last century. Literature reflects day to day human life, socio- political issues and domestic problems conjoined, but in the form of noir the focus has been shifted to crime perpetrated by the politicians, the rich, the dominant and the corrupt. The novel Six Suspects has been variously called noir, detective fiction or criminal presentation of the society but in the focalizing of this aspect the present Indian society dominantly emerges. It is an improving comment on emerging trends in current political situation which is being exemplified in the political maneuvering.
Key words: Noir, crime, violence, politics, detective insight.