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Library JournalMuch has been written about neo-noir's distinction from classic noir, the continuous presence of the femme fatale, and neo-noir's connection with horror films, but the 13 new essays in this anthology edited by Conard (philosophy, Marymount Manhattan Coll.; editor, The Philosophy of Film Noir) rejuvenate the discussion. Appropriately, John Locke's explanation of personal identity and Jean-Paul Sartre's theory of existentialism are invoked in examining the amnesiac protagonist who tries to make sense of a contingent world in Memento. Other essayists delve into Immanuel Kant's Critique of Practical Reasonand Plato's ethics concerning justice and virtuosity to dissect the morally ambiguous characters in The Onion Field, A Simple Plan, and Hard Eightor refer to Jean-François Lyotard's concepts on postmodern ethics and values and Friedrich Nietzsche's philosophy of nihilism in their analyses of the allusive and playful worlds of such neo-noir filmmakers as Quentin Tarantino and the Coen brothers. Conard and his contributors see to it that these essays are accessible to nonacademic readers. Strongly recommended for public libraries and for academic libraries with a film or philosophy department.