Dorte Jakobsen is searching for the „macho krimi„, the male counterpart to the Frauenkrimi or, the term Dorte is using: femikrimi. I don’t believe that such a term would be useful, as „macho“ is used usually in a derogatory way. Concerning „macho“ for example Rolo Diez‘ Wüstenstaub comes to mind, the male population of that book leads a true macho life, but these males are mocked by the author, so macho krimi doesn’t sound appropriate.
Usually Frauenkrimis/femikrimis are not only written by female writers but they have also a (more or less) implicit feminist agenda. Dorte cites ten rules by Annemette Hejlsted that characterize the femikrimi and could be applied to the Frauenkrimi as well – only point 6 is debatable: „The perpetrators of the femikrimi are both men and women, but their motives will differ. The women´s motives are personal or ethical while the men´s are generally sexually motivated or enrichment at the expense of women„, which could be translated with „males murder stupid and selfish, females noble and wise“.
If there is a male counterpart to the femikrimi there should be a counterpart to feminism. Well, what you can find in German about male’s movement or musculism is pathetic and even the content of English pages (which are better) don’t justify a new movement.
Crime fiction that spreads the male massage is not known to me. Obviously, there is gay crime fiction, but this literature is confronted with the same problem as the femikrimi: Both write against the classical male agenda.
There are books that are dominated by a male figure and there are books that propagate a male perspective on this world, but I would not believe that these books are per se macho krimis or at least male krimis. Maxime, on the other hand seems to assume just that:
I think „noir“ crime fiction is more „macho“ than anything else. I’m thinking of David Peace because I just watched the film of his first book, 1974, on TV. But there are others, eg Alan Guthrie, Adrian McKinty etc. And I have only read one of his books, but Montalban seems rather machokrimi – his hero Pepe is very sexist I found – in a way I think (but am not sure) the author seemed to approve of, and find nothing wrong with. (eg sleeping with a vulnerable teenager, a suspect’s daughter, which the author seemed to condone)
Hardboiled and Noir are historically dominated by male authors and the male perspective, the obsession of these authors with the Female is shown in an splendid article by Damien Seaman. But I would not believe that a description like „macho krimi“ would be sensible post festum, i.e 30 or more years after the books were written, which covers a period where the world and our viewpoints changed tremendously.
So at last, what about those young innovative writers from UK who „gave murder back to the kind of people that commit it for reasons, not just to provide a corpse“ ? Authors like David Peace, Alan Guthrie or Adrian McKinty describe a cruel and sinister world where female are raped, beaten up, or neglected by males.
Adrian Mckinty’s protagonist is a lad from Belfast who moves into criminal circles, is used by agencies and finally comes back to a Belfast in post-troubles. His books are associative nirvanas, they contain violence but not especially of the male-against-female sort, and they are complex and faultlessly structured. Alan Guthrie’s books describe people who have either learnt the use of violence from early age on or they are in situations where they feel that they have no alternative. There is a lot of violence in his books but there is no doubt that at the end violence isn’t a satisfying solution to the problems. David Peace is a literary genius, at the present time one of the most daring and innovative. His books are demanding and as raw and bleak as the violence they describe, but again, he writes about violence not about the male perspective or male fantasies (there is a review in German language by Dieter Paul Rudolph about all that or you start to read Tokyo Year Zero).
It seems as if all comes down to violence. If authors use it in a certain intensity females tend to describe it as male literature. No one must like Peace‘ books, but, to be honest, that looks just like a breakdown of communication.
So, to move back to the beginning, books about violence do not correspond to Femikrimi and are therefore no male or macho krimis. If there is a set of criteria to describe femikrimi there is needed a set of criteria to describe macho krimi.