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Marseille Noir: ed. Cédric Fabre

“As long as I was only whacking them in my dreams.” It was a bizarre coincidence that the night I finished watching the French-Belgian film, The Connection, I started a story from Marseille Noir which mentioned Gaetan Zampa and the … Continue reading

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Cocktail Noir: From Gangsters and Gin Joints to Gumshoes and Gimlets by Scott M. Deitche

“People act differently sometimes when they’re drunk. They bother me.” (Lucky Luciano) Scott M. Deitche’s book, Cocktail Noir: From Gangsters and Gin Joints to Gumshoes and Gimlets pays homage to the “intertwining of alcohol and the underworld.” Watch any classic noir or … Continue reading

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Noir Fiction & Vintage Crime

in progress Clifton Adams: Death’s Sweet Song Whom Gods Destroy Nigel Balchin: Mine Own Executioner Fredric Brown: The Screaming Mimi Gerald Butler: Kiss the Blood Off My Hands Vera Caspary: Bedelia Laura The Man who Loved his Wife James Hadley … Continue reading

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L.A. Noire: The Collected Stories (Rockstar Games)

One of the features I really like about the Kindle (apart from the free classics) is the way stories, novellas, and novels not published anywhere else find their way onto this device. Example: I came across L.A. Noire: The Collected … Continue reading

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Jim Thompson Noir Fest 2011

The Jim Thompson Noir Fest begins May 1, 2011. Here are the books I’ll be reading: The Killer Inside Me (1952) Savage Night (1953) A Swell-Looking Babe (1954) A Hell of a Woman (1954) The Getaway (1959) The Grifters (1963) … Continue reading

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Bird in a Cage: Frédéric Dard (1961)

Last year, Pushkin Press launched their new Vertigo line with some impressive titles: Vertigo (naturally), The Disappearance of Signora Giulia, and She Who was No More All three novels can be categorized as crime–no argument there, but each one was … Continue reading

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Black Wings Has My Angel: Elliott Chaze

“After all, no matter how long you live, there aren’t too many delicious moments along the way, since most of life is spent eating and sleeping and waiting for something to happen that never does. You can figure it up … Continue reading

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Best of 2015

December again, and it’s time to compile my best of 2015 reading list. Best Classic Russian: Notes From a Dead House: Dostoevsky Want to know what life was like in a Siberian prison camp? … read this. Human nature at its … Continue reading

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Prelude to a Certain Midnight (1947): Gerald Kersh

“But the sort of men that do jobs like this Sabbatani job, they’re lone wolves.” I’d been meaning to read Prelude to a Certain Midnight since reading the fantastic Night and the City from the same author, Gerald Kersh. You … Continue reading

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The Big Heat: William P. McGivern (1953)

“You couldn’t plant enough flowers around here to kill the stench.” I’d hazard a guess that most noir film fans have seen the Fritz Lang film version of The Big Heat. Starring Gloria Grahame (one of my favourite noir actresses), … Continue reading

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