It is possible to name an ancestor to this obsessive-compulsive noir: David Lynch.
"That's the best, that's the best we can do as parents," Yo-Yo said of his ancestor's advice.
So a story prefigures Light in August, just as an ancestor precedes a descendant.
c.1300, ancestre, antecessour, from Old French ancestre (12c., Modern French ancêtre), from Late Latin antecessor "predecessor," literally "foregoer," agent noun from past participle stem of Latin antecedere "to precede," from ante- "before" (see ante) + cedere "to go" (see cede). Current form from early 15c. Feminine form ancestress recorded from 1570s.