Multcolib My Librarian Rachael: Getting started with noir

The Big Sleep
The Big Sleep And, Farewell, My Lovely By Chandler, Raymond (Book - 1995 ) MYSTERY CHANDLER All copies in use. Availability details

Annotation:Ross MacDonald said: Chandler writes like a slumming angel and invests the sun-blinded streets of Los Angeles with a romantic presence.

The Maltese Falcon
The Maltese Falcon By Hammett, Dashiell (Book - 1992 ) MYSTERY HAMMETT All copies in use. Availability details

Annotation:Shifting loyalties, lies, and murder form the environment for Hammett's Sam Spade. Hammett makes every word pull the weight of two.

The Continental Op
The Continental Op By Hammett, Dashiell (Book - 1992 ) MYSTERY HAMMETT 1992 Available in some locations

Annotation:Hammett's short stories about the nameless Op first appeared in the 1920s. These were among the first noir stories, and are considered by some to be the finest.

Double Indemnity
Double Indemnity By Cain, James M. (Book - 1992 ) FICTION CAIN Available in some locations

Annotation:Tautly narrated and excruciatingly suspenseful, Double Indemnity gives an X-ray view of guilt, of duplicity, and of the kind of obsessive, loveless love that devastates everything it touches.

A Rage in Harlem
A Rage in Harlem By Himes, Chester B. (Book - 1991 ) MYSTERY HIMES 1991 Available in some locations

Annotation:Himes writes with metaphors that turn words on their sides. His stories of Detectives Coffin Ed Johnson and Grave Digger Jones in 1950s Harlem are classics of the genre.

Rear Window
Rear Window By Woolrich, Cornell (Book - 2001 ) MYSTERY WOOLRICH

Annotation:Woolrich was a great storyteller, building suspense and tension until they were nearly unbearable.

The Getaway
The Getaway By Thompson, Jim (Book - 1994 ) MYSTERY THOMPSON 1994 Available in some locations

Annotation:If noir is gritty, Thompson is gravel. When a crime goes wrong, the getaway becomes a nightmare.

The Mike Hammer Collection
The Mike Hammer Collection Volume 1 By Spillane, Mickey (Book - 2001 ) MYSTERY SPILLANE 2001 All copies in use. Availability details

Annotation:B-movie noir, not afraid to toss a few groaners in, but a lot of fun.

The Hunter
The Hunter By Stark, Richard (Book - 2008 ) MYSTERY STARK 2008 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 8 copies

Annotation:Tough-guy Parker is bent on revenge. Sharp, unrepentant, and unforgiving.

Portland Noir
Portland Noir (Book - 2009 ) MYSTERY PORTLAND 2009 Available in some locations

Annotation:Great local authors apply a noir lens to our fair city.

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American noir explores crime -- not only whodunit, but morality, identity, and the wages of guilt. The tradition employs terse, powerful language and the nightmare of the everyday. These ten novels serve as a starting place to explore the genre.

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