Murder With Southern Hospitality:
An Exhibition of Mississippi Mysteries

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Neo-Noir in Mississippi

Jere Hoar

Patrick Anderson of The Washington Post described Jere Hoar’s 2003 novel The Hit as a “down-home Mississippi noir: a rich man, his sexy young wife, her Vietnam-veteran lover and his loyal dog.” A graduate and long-time faculty member of the University of Mississippi’s Department of Journalism, Hoar captures the essence of noir and skillfully sets it in a Mississippi locale. Although this is his first novel, Jere Hoar has actively published for quite some time, with several articles, scholarly monographs, and short stories to his credit. His 1997 short story anthology, Body Parts, received praise as a notable book of the year by the New York Times, Booklist, and Bookman News.

Critics agree that The Hit derives much of its literary punch from the resonance of a “lone, keen voice,” embodied in the protagonist Luke Carr who re-lives the memories of war, passion, murder, and betrayal from the confines of a mental ward.

Several items on display come from the author’s own possessions. Of special interest, the October 2002 email exchange between Hoar and his copy editor illustrates the author’s commitment to detail and precision. Hoar’s letter to Beau Friedlander, editor-in-chief of Context Books, succinctly captures the evolution of the moral breakdown of Luke Carr.

The inspiration for the novel’s faithful dog Adel was Hoar’s own pet, Brownie. The exhibit features a photograph of Brownie as well as the collar she wore.

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