Multcolib My Librarian Rachael: Getting started with noir
Annotation:Ross MacDonald said: Chandler writes like a slumming angel and invests the sun-blinded streets of Los Angeles with a romantic presence.
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.
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.
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.
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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.