Check out Pattinase for another article in the series, How I wrote this book. This particular post is from a certain Jack Martin and a little book called, The Ballad of Delta Rose.
"I’d been reading a lot of
hardboiled writers and I was conscious that my own writing style was
going in that direction. I like the minimalist style of writing, because
when it’s done well it’s tremendously effective at creating mood. And
the question of whether a western, my genre of choice, can be noir is an
interesting one. I think the answer is a resounding, “YES”. The western
is a genre flexible enough to be anything you want it to be."