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Thursday, June 07, 2007


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.

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