Multcolib My Librarian Rachael: California noir

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

Annotation:The noir classic, with tough talk and tight prose. San Francisco detective Sam Spade tries to solve the mystery of who murdered his partner.

The Grifters
The Grifters By Thompson, Jim (Book - 1990 ) MYSTERY THOMPSON 1990

Annotation:In Los Angeles County a family of swindlers stab one another in the back. And then do it again. Brutal people, brutally dark writing.

The Big Sleep
The Big Sleep By Chandler, Raymond (Book - 1992 ) MYSTERY CHANDLER 1992 Available in some locations

Annotation:Chandler's Marlowe is dragged into a sticky, only-in-California web of deception, pornography, and murder.

They Shoot Horses, Don't They?
They Shoot Horses, Don't They? By McCoy, Horace (Book - 2010 ) FICTION MCCOY 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:A dance marathon as a nightmare of isolation and exploitation. Both a peek into a world that existed briefly and a point on a continuum of exploitation.

The Doomsters
The Doomsters By Macdonald, Ross (Book - 2007 ) MYSTERY MACDONALD Available in some locations

Annotation:Private investigator Lew Archer attempts to navigate the lies of a wealthy ranching family. A fun read and a good introduction to the series. Filled with great period slang.

L.A. Confidential
L.A. Confidential By Ellroy, James (Book - 1990 ) MYSTERY ELLROY Available in some locations

Annotation:Disturbed cops, dark secrets, and call girls cut to look like the stars.

Mildred Pierce
Mildred Pierce By Cain, James M. (Book - 2011 ) FICTION CAIN 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:Mildred is a 'grass widow' (divorcee) in 1930s California, determined to create a good life for her gifted but heartless daughter.

Los Angeles Noir
Los Angeles Noir (Book - 2007 ) MYSTERY LOS All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:An anthology of new stories that includes Michael Connelly's 'Mulholland Drive,' a tribute to Cain's Double Indemnity.

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The sunny skies of California hang above depravity, despair, and a lot of smart quips in these classic mystery stories.


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