Noir Fiction & Vintage Crime

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Black wings has my angel

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:



The Lady in Mink

The Man who Loved his Wife

Stranger than Truth

Raymond Chandler:

Killer in the Rain

James Hadley Chase:

No Orchids for Miss Blandish (1939)

The Dead Stay Dumb (1941)

But A Short Time to Live (1951)

The Things Men Do (1953)

A Coffin from Hong Kong (1962)

There’s a Hippie on the Highway (1970)

Do Me a Favour, Drop Dead (1976)


James M. Cain:

The Cocktail Waitress

The Magician’s Wife

Elliott Chaze:

Black Wings Has My Angel

Richard Deming:

Kiss and Kill

Lester Dent:

Lady Afraid

Philip Dick:

Humpty Dumpty in Oakland


Celia Fremlin:

The Hours Before Dawn

Uncle Paul

Erle Stanley Gardner:

The Knife Slipped

Turn on the Heat

The Count of 9

Martin Goldsmith:


David Goodis:

The Burglar

Dark Passage


Richard Hallas:

You Play the Black and Red Comes Up

Mike Heller:

So I’m a Heel

Geoffrey Homes:

Build My Gallows High

Dorothy Hughes:

The Expendable Man

Ride the Pink Horse

Gerald Kersh:

Night and the City

Prelude to a Certain Midnight

Sherwood King:

If I Die Before I Wake

Jonathan Latimer:

Solomon’s Vineyard

The Lady in the Morgue

Horace McCoy:

Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye

They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?

I Should Have Stayed Home

William P. McGivern:

The Big Heat


Margaret Millar:

Ask for Me Tomorrow

Beast in View

The Listening Walls

Richard Prather:

Case of the Vanishing Beauty

Strip for Murder

James Ross:

They Don’t Dance Much


Joseph Shearing:

So Evil My Love

Edna Sherry:

Sudden Fear

Jim Thompson:

The Getaway

The Grifters

A Hell of a Woman

The Killer Inside Me

Pop 1280

The Rip-Off

Savage Night

A Swell Looking Dame

Wild Town

Harry Whittington:

You’ll Die Next!

Charles Willeford:

The Burnt Orange Heresy

The Shark-Infested Custard

Wild Wives

The Woman Chaser

Charles Williams:

Hill Girl

Big City Girl

River Girl

Hell Hath No Fury

Nothing in her Way

Cornell Woolrich:

Four Novellas of Fear

I Married a Dead Man

The Black Angel

Night has a Thousand Eyes

Rendezvous In Black

4 responses to “Noir Fiction & Vintage Crime

  1. Hi:

    Do you know this guy: Giorgio Scerbanenco? I’ve got A Private Venus coming soon.


    • Yes I’ve heard of him. I’ve been waiting for a translation and then, since I’m on the Melville House list, I received the e-mail about the new releases.

      • Ah, yes…I bought something from Melville, and they sent me a ‘coupon’. When I tried to use it to buy Venus, it didn’t work. Oh well, the library had it!

  2. I got a kick out of this – a film noir event at Trinity Church, NYC.

    Side Street has its denouement right down the street from Trinity.

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