Book reviewer Merle Jacob traces the history of “noir” from the 30s and 40s up to contemporary times in a recent essay on NoveList. The database, which has great reading suggestions, is available on the library’s Web site.
In noir fiction, you’ll find gritty places, psychologically damaged sleuths and an air of desperation and despair. Great for post-midnight reading! Here’s a few contemporary noir gems that Jacob recommends:
Done for a Dime by David Corbett
Kiss Her Goodbye by Allan Guthrie
In a True Light by John Harvey
The Big Blowdown by George Pelecanos
Derailed by James Siegel
L.A. Confidential by James Ellroy
Are you a fan of the noir genre? If so, do you have some favorites? Let us know.