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The Best Noir Books Of All-Time

July 24, 2017

“What are the best Noir Books and Novels ever written?” We looked at 397 of the top Noir books, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

With nearly 400 different noir books, we assembled enough shadowed mysteries books to read one a day for more than a year. Below you will find both fiction as well as non-fiction books about the genera. We ranked the top 27 titles, all appearing on 3 or more “Best Noir” book lists, by how many times they appear. The additional 350+ books, as well as the sources we used, are in alphabetical order on the bottom of the page.

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Top 27 Noir Books



27 .) Altered Carbon (Takeshi Kovacs, #1) by Richard K. Morgan

Lists It Appears On:

  • Syfy
  • Goodreads
  • Goodreads 2

“In the twenty-fifth century, humankind has spread throughout the galaxy, monitored by the watchful eye of the U.N. While divisions in race, religion, and class still exist, advances in technology have redefined life itself. Now, assuming one can afford the expensive procedure, a person’s consciousness can be stored in a cortical stack at the base of the brain and easily downloaded into a new body (or “sleeve”) making death nothing more than a minor blip on a screen.

Ex-U.N. envoy Takeshi Kovacs has been killed before, but his last death was particularly painful. Dispatched one hundred eighty light-years from home, re-sleeved into a body in Bay City (formerly San Francisco, now with a rusted, dilapidated Golden Gate Bridge), Kovacs is thrown into the dark heart of a shady, far-reaching conspiracy that is vicious even by the standards of a society that treats “existence” as something that can be bought and sold. For Kovacs, the shell that blew a hole in his chest was only the beginning. . . .”

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26 .) Drive (Drive, #1) by James Sallis

Lists It Appears On:

  • Best Horror Novels
  • Goodreads
  • Goodreads 2

“Much later, as he sat with his back against an inside wall of a Motel 6 just north of Phoenix, watching the pool of blood lap toward him, Driver would wonder whether he had made a terrible mistake. Later still, of course, there’d be no doubt. But for now Driver is, as they say, in the moment. And the moment includes this blood lapping toward him, the pressure of dawn’s late light at windows and door, traffic sounds from the interstate nearby, the sound of someone weeping in the next room . . .

Thus begins Drive , the story of a man who works as a stunt driver by day and a getaway driver by night.”

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25 .) Farewell, My Lovely by Raymond Chandler

Lists It Appears On:

  • Mystery Fanfare
  • List Challenges
  • Goodreads 2

In hardboiled crime fiction master Raymond Chandler’s Farewell, My Lovely, Philip Marlowe’s about to give up on a completely routine case when he finds himself in the wrong place at the right time to get caught up in a murder that leads to a ring of jewel thieves, another murder, a fortune-teller, a couple more murders, and more corruption than your average graveyard.

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24 .) He Died With His Eyes Open by Derek Raymond

Lists It Appears On:

  • Mystery Fanfare
  • Publishers Weekly
  • Goodreads 2

“In the three police procedurals that comprise the Factory Series, Derek Raymond has created a narrator who threatens to become a cult figure while preserving his anonymity. A loner and cynic, undervalued and underpaid, our hero is a nameless detective sergeant in the Department of Unexplained Deaths, a catch-all unit that investigates low-life crimes and is shunned by the blokes in the Serious Crimes Division of the Metropolitan Police.

But our narrator, working out of the Factory, named by the villains because it has a bad reputation for doing suspects over in the interrogation rooms, is fired by a real feeling for justice. He believes that an alcoholic, found obscenely battered to death in a seedy, down-and-out part of London, deserves as much official attention as, say, a dead politician. This “nobody” becomes a somebody—a kindred spirit who left behind a strange legacy. Our cop becomes obsessed by the case. But even he could not have imagined how vicious, evil, and perversely attractive his opponent will turn out to be.”

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23 .) L. A. Confidential by James Ellroy

Lists It Appears On:

  • Mystery Fanfare
  • List Challenges
  • Goodreads 2

L.A. Confidential is epic “noir”, a crime novel of astonishing detail and scope written by the bestselling author of The Black Dahlia. A horrific mass murder invades the lives of victims and victimizers on both sides of the law. And three lawmen are caught in a deadly spiral, a nightmare that tests loyalty and courage, and offers no mercy, grants no survivors.

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22 .) Pop. 1280 by Jim Thompson

Lists It Appears On:

  • The Guardian 2
  • List Challenges
  • Goodreads 2

“Nick Corey is a terrible sheriff on purpose. He doesn’t solve problems, enforce rules or arrest criminals. He knows that nobody in tiny Potts County actually wants to follow the law and he is perfectly content lazing about, eating five meals a day, and sleeping with all the eligible women.

Still, Nick has some very complex problems to deal with. Two local pimps have been sassing him, ruining his already tattered reputation. His girlfriend Rose is being terrorized by her husband. And then, there’s his wife and her brother Lenny who won’t stop troubling Nick’s already stressed mind. Are they a little too close for a brother and a sister?

With an election coming up, Nick needs to fix his problems and fast. Because the one thing Nick does know is that he will do anything to stay sheriff. Because, as it turns out, Sheriff Nick Corey is not nearly as dumb as he seems.”

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21 .) Shoot the Piano Player by David Goodis

Lists It Appears On:

  • Mystery Fanfare
  • List Challenges
  • Goodreads 2

“Once upon a time Eddie played conert piano to reverent audiences at Carnegie Hall. Now he bangs out honky-tonk for drunks in a dive in Philadelphia. But then two people walk into Eddie’s life–the first promising Eddie a future, the other dragging him back into a treacherous past.

Shoot the Piano Player is a bittersweet and nerve-racking exploration of different kinds of loyalty: the kind a man owes his family, no matter how bad that family is; the kind a man owes a woman; and, ultimately, the loyalty he owes himself. The result is a moody thriller that, like the best hard-boiled fiction, carries a moral depth charge.”

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20 .) Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith

Lists It Appears On:

  • Men’s Journal
  • Goodreads 2
  • List Challenges

The world of Patricia Highsmith has always been filled with ordinary people, all of whom are capable of very ordinary crimes. This theme was present from the beginning, when her debut, Strangers on a Train, galvanized the reading public. Here we encounter Guy Haines and Charles Anthony Bruno, passengers on the same train. But while Guy is a successful architect in the midst of a divorce, Bruno turns out to be a sadistic psychopath who manipulates Guy into swapping murders with him. “Some people are better off dead,” Bruno remarks, “like your wife and my father, for instance.” As Bruno carries out his twisted plan, Guy is trapped in Highsmith’s perilous world, where, under the right circumstances, anybody is capable of murder.

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19 .) The Big Nowhere by James Ellroy

Lists It Appears On:

  • List Challenges
  • The Guardian
  • Goodreads 2

Los Angeles, 1950 Red crosscurrents: the Commie Scare and a string of brutal mutilation killings. Gangland intrigue and Hollywood sleaze. Three cops caught in a hellish web of ambition, perversion, and deceit. Danny Upshaw is a Sheriff’s deputy stuck with a bunch of snuffs nobody cares about; they’re his chance to make his name as a cop…and to sate his darkest curiosities. Mal Considine is D.A.’s Bureau brass. He’s climbing on the Red Scare bandwagon to advance his career and to gain custody of his adopted son, a child he saved from the horror of postwar Europe. Buzz Meeks-bagman, ex-Narco goon, and pimp for Howard Hughes-is fighting communism for the money. All three men have purchased tickets to a nightmare.

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18 .) The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bookglow
  • List Challenges
  • Goodreads 2

A dying millionaire hires private eye Philip Marlowe to handle the blackmailer of one of his two troublesome daughters, and Marlowe finds himself involved with more than extortion. Kidnapping, pornography, seduction, and murder are just a few of the complications he gets caught up in.

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17 .) The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy

Lists It Appears On:

  • List Challenges
  • The Guardian
  • Goodreads 2

On January 15, 1947, the torture-ravished body of a beautiful young woman is found in a Los Angeles vacant lot. The victim makes headlines as the Black Dahlia-and so begins the greatest manhunt in California history.Caught up in the investigation are Bucky Bleichert and Lee Blanchard: Warrants Squad cops, friends, and rivals in love with the same woman. But both are obsessed with the Dahlia-driven by dark needs to know everything about her past, to capture her killer, to possess the woman even in death. Their quest will take them on a hellish journey through the underbelly of postwar Hollywood, to the core of the dead girl’s twisted life, past the extremes of their own psyches-into a region of total madness.

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16 .) The Cold Six Thousand (Underworld USA #2) by James Ellroy

Lists It Appears On:

  • List Challenges
  • Goodreads
  • Goodreads 2

In this savagely audacious novel, James Ellroy plants a pipe bomb under the America in the 1960s, lights the fuse, and watches the shrapnel fly. On November 22, 1963 three men converge in Dallas. Their job: to clean up the JFK hit’s loose ends and inconvenient witnesses. They are Wayne Tedrow, Jr., a Las Vegas cop with family ties to the lunatic right; Ward J. Littell, a defrocked FBI man turned underworld mouthpiece; and Pete Bondurant, a dope-runner and hit-man who serves as the mob’s emissary to the anti-Castro underground.

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15 .) The Friends of Eddie Coyle by George V. Higgins

Lists It Appears On:

  • Mystery Fanfare
  • List Challenges
  • Goodreads 2

George V. Higgins’s seminal crime novel is a down-and-dirty tale of thieves, mobsters, and cops on the mean streets of Boston. When small-time gunrunner Eddie Coyle is convicted on a felony, he’s looking at three years in the pen–that is, unless he sells out one of his big-fish clients to the DA. But which of the many hoods, gunmen, and executioners whom he calls his friends should he send up the river? Told almost entirely in crackling dialogue by a vivid cast of lowlifes and detectives, The Friends of Eddie Coyle is one of the greatest crime novels ever written.

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14 .) The Getaway by Jim Thompson

Lists It Appears On:

  • Mystery Fanfare
  • List Challenges
  • Goodreads 2

Doc McCoy knows everything there is to know about pulling off the perfect bank job. But there are some things he has forgotten–such as a partner who is not only treacherous but insane and a wife who is still an amateur. Worst of all, McCoy has forgotten that when the crime is big and bloody enough, there is no such thing as a clean getaway.

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13 .) The Glass Key by Dashiell Hammett

Lists It Appears On:

  • Mystery Fanfare
  • List Challenges
  • Goodreads 2

A one-time detective and master of deft understatement, Dashiell Hammett virtually invented the hardboiled crime novel. This classic work of detective fiction combines an airtight plot, authentically venal characters, and writing of telegraphic crispness. Paul Madvig was a cheerfully corrupt ward-heeler who aspired to something better: the daughter of Senator Ralph Bancroft Henry, the heiress to a dynasty of political purebreds. Did he want her badly enough to commit murder? And if Madvig was innocent, which of his dozens of enemies was doing an awfully good job of framing him?

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12 .) The Hunter by Richard Stark

Lists It Appears On:

  • Mystery Fanfare
  • List Challenges
  • Goodreads 2

“You probably haven’t ever noticed them. But they’ve noticed you. They notice everything. That’s their job. Sitting quietly in a nondescript car outside a bank making note of the tellers’ work habits, the positions of the security guards. Lagging a few car lengths behind the Brinks truck on its daily rounds. Surreptitiously jiggling the handle of an unmarked service door at the racetrack.

They’re thieves. Heisters, to be precise. They’re pros, and Parker is far and away the best of them. If you’re planning a job, you want him in. Tough, smart, hardworking, and relentlessly focused on his trade, he is the heister’s heister, the robber’s robber, the heavy’s heavy. You don’t want to cross him, and you don’t want to get in his way, because he’ll stop at nothing to get what he’s after.

Parker, the ruthless antihero of Richard Stark’s eponymous mystery novels, is one of the most unforgettable characters in hardboiled noir. Lauded by critics for his taut realism, unapologetic amorality, and razor-sharp prose-style—and adored by fans who turn each intoxicating page with increasing urgency—Stark is a master of crime writing, his books as influential as any in the genre. The University of Chicago Press has embarked on a project to return the early volumes of this series to print for a new generation of readers to discover—and become addicted to.”

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11 .) The Lady In The Lake by Raymond Chandler

Lists It Appears On:

  • List Challenges
  • Goodreads 2
  • The Guardian

In The Lady in the Lake, hardboiled crime fiction master Raymond Chandler brings us the story of a couple of missing wives—one a rich man’s and one a poor man’s—who have become the objects of Philip Marlowe’s investigation. One of them may have gotten a Mexican divorce and married a gigolo and the other may be dead. Marlowe’s not sure he cares about either one, but he’s not paid to care.

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10 .) The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler

Lists It Appears On:

  • List Challenges
  • Men’s Journal
  • Goodreads 2

In noir master Raymond Chandler’s The Long Goodbye, Philip Marlowe befriends a down on his luck war veteran with the scars to prove it. Then he finds out that Terry Lennox has a very wealthy nymphomaniac wife, whom he divorced and remarried and who ends up dead. And now Lennox is on the lam and the cops and a crazy gangster are after Marlowe.

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9 .) The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett

Lists It Appears On:

  • List Challenges
  • Goodreads 2
  • Bookglow

In Dashiell Hammett’s famous crime novel, we meet one of the detective-story master’s most enchanting creations, Nick and Nora Charles, a rich, glamorous couple who solve homicides in between wisecracks and martinis. At once knowing and unabashedly romantic, The Thin Man is a classic murder mystery that doubles as a sophisticated comedy of manners.

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8 .) Winter’s Bone by Daniel Woodrell

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Goodreads 2
  • The Guardian 2

Ree Dolly’s father has skipped bail on charges that he ran a crystal meth lab, and the Dollys will lose their house if he doesn’t show up for his next court date. With two young brothers depending on her, 16-year-old Ree knows she has to bring her father back, dead or alive. Living in the harsh poverty of the Ozarks, Ree learns quickly that asking questions of the rough Dolly clan can be a fatal mistake. But, as an unsettling revelation lurks, Ree discovers unforeseen depths in herself and in a family network that protects its own at any cost.

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7 .) Dark Passage by David Goodis

Lists It Appears On:

  • Huffington Post
  • Men’s Journal
  • Publishers Weekly
  • Goodreads 2

Vince Parry, sentenced to life in San Quentin for the alleged murder of his wife, escapes in an attempt to prove his innocence. A fugitive from justice in the depths of despair, he is sheltered by a woman as he tries to discover who framed him.

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6 .) No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy

Lists It Appears On:

  • Psycho Noir
  • List Challenges
  • Goodreads
  • Goodreads 2

In No Country for Old Men, Cormac McCarthy simultaneously strips down the American crime novel and broadens its concerns to encompass themes as ancient as the Bible and as bloodily contemporary as this morning’s headlines.

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5 .) The Bride Wore Black by Cornell Woolrich

Lists It Appears On:

  • Mystery Fanfare
  • List Challenges
  • Men’s Journal
  • Goodreads 2

No one knew who she was, where she came from, or why she had entered their lives. All they really knew about her was that she possessed a terrifying beauty and that each time she appeared, a man died in a particularly horrible way. A reissue from one of the masters of the genre noir.

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4 .) The Killer Inside Me by Jim Thompson

Lists It Appears On:

  • Mystery Fanfare
  • List Challenges
  • Men’s Journal
  • Goodreads 2

“Everyone in the small town of Central City, Texas loves Lou Ford. A deputy sheriff, Lou’s known to the small-time criminals, the real-estate entrepreneurs, and all of his coworkers–the low-lifes, the big-timers, and everyone in-between–as the nicest guy around. He may not be the brightest or the most interesting man in town, but nevertheless, he’s the kind of officer you’re happy to have keeping your streets safe. The sort of man you might even wish your daughter would end up with someday.

But behind the platitudes and glad-handing lurks a monster the likes of which few have seen. An urge that has already claimed multiple lives, and cost Lou his brother Mike, a self-sacrificing construction worker fell to his death on the job in what was anything but an accident. A murder that Lou is determined to avenge–and if innocent people have to die in the process, well, that’s perfectly all right with him.”

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3 .) Double Indemnity by James M. Cain

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bookglow
  • Huffington Post
  • Mystery Fanfare
  • List Challenges
  • Goodreads 2

Walter Huff was an insurance salesman with an unfailing instinct for clients who might be in trouble, and his instinct led him to Phyllis Nirdlinger. Phyllis wanted to buy an accident policy on her husband. Then she wanted her husband to have an accident. Walter wanted Phyllis. To get her, he would arrange the perfect murder and betray everything he had ever lived for.

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2 .) The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bookglow
  • Mystery Fanfare
  • List Challenges
  • Men’s Journal
  • Goodreads 2

A treasure worth killing for. Sam Spade, a slightly shopworn private eye with his own solitary code of ethics. A perfumed grafter named Joel Cairo, a fat man name Gutman, and Brigid O’Shaughnessy, a beautiful and treacherous woman whose loyalties shift at the drop of a dime. These are the ingredients of Dashiel Hammett’s iconic, influential, and beloved The Maltese Falcon.

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1 .) The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain

Lists It Appears On:

  • Mystery Fanfare
  • List Challenges
  • Men’s Journal
  • Goodreads 2
  • The Guardian 2

An amoral young tramp. A beautiful, sullen woman with an inconvenient husband. A problem that has only one grisly solution–a solution that only creates other problems that no one can ever solve.

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The Additional Best Noir & Private Eye Books



 

# Book Author Lists
(Titles Appear On 2 Lists Each)
28 A Drink Before the War (Kenzie & Gennaro, #1) Dennis Lehane List Challenges
Goodreads 2
29 American Tabloid (Underworld USA, #1) James Ellroy List Challenges
Goodreads 2
30 Arts of Darkness: American Noir and the Quest For Redemption Thomas S. Hibbs Fil Noir
Fil Noir
31 Blood’s a Rover (Underworld USA, #3) James Ellroy Goodreads
Goodreads 2
32 Brighton Rock Graham Greene Dead Good Books
Men’s Journal
33 Clandestine James Ellroy Best Horror Novels
Goodreads 2
34 Crime Novels: American Noir of the 1930s & 40s Robert Polito Goodreads 2
Goodreads 2
35 Devil in a Blue Dress (Easy Rawlins, #1) Walter Mosley List Challenges
Goodreads 2
36 Die a Little Megan Abbott Mulholland Books
Goodreads
37 Dirty Snow Georges Simenon. Huffington Post
Mystery Fanfare
38 Fade To Blonde Max Phillips Criminal Element
Goodreads
39 Gone, Baby, Gone (Kenzie & Gennaro, #4) Dennis Lehane List Challenges
Goodreads 2
40 Good Dog, Bad Dog (A Sam Russo Mystery, #2) Ki Longfellow Goodreads
Goodreads 2
41 Hell On Church Street Jake Hinkson Goodreads
Criminal Element
42 In a Lonely Place Dorothy B. Hughes Men’s Journal
Goodreads 2
43 In Cold Blood Truman Capote List Challenges
Goodreads 2
44 London Boulevard Ken Bruen Goodreads
Goodreads 2
45 Mildred Pierce James M. Cain List Challenges
Goodreads 2
46 Night and the City Gerald Kersh: Mystery Fanfare
Dead Good Books
47 Priest (Jack Taylor, #5) Ken Bruen Psycho Noir
Goodreads
48 Queenpin Megan Abbott Goodreads
Goodreads 2
49 Rear Window Cornell Woolrich List Challenges
Goodreads 2
50 Red Harvest Dashiell Hammett List Challenges
Goodreads 2
51 Savage Night Allan Guthrie Psycho Noir
Goodreads
52 Savages (Savages #2) Don Winslow Goodreads
Goodreads 2
53 Shadow Roll (A Sam Russo Mystery, #1) Ki Longfellow Goodreads
Goodreads 2
54 Sin City Frank Miller Ranker
Goodreads 2
55 Small Crimes Dave Zeltserman Goodreads
Criminal Element
56 Somewhere in the Night: Film Noir & the American City Nicholas Christopher Fil Noir
Fil Noir
57 The Black Echo (Harry Bosch, #1; Harry Bosch Universe, #1) Michael Connelly List Challenges
Goodreads 2
58 The Continental Op Dashiell Hammett List Challenges
Goodreads 2
59 The Dain Curse Dashiell Hammett List Challenges
Goodreads 2
60 The Girl in the Next Room (A Sam Russo Mystery, #3) Ki Longfellow Goodreads
Goodreads 2
61 The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Stieg Larsson Best Horror Novels
Flashlight Worthy
62 The Grifters Jim Thompson List Challenges
Goodreads 2
63 The High Window Raymond Chandler List Challenges
Goodreads 2
64 The Little Sister Raymond Chandler List Challenges
Goodreads 2
65 The Meat Market (Jonathan Harkon Adventures #1) James Chalk Goodreads
Goodreads 2
66 The Power of the Dog Don Winslow Goodreads
Goodreads 2
67 The Talented Mr Ripley (Ripley, #1) Patricia Highsmith Goodreads 2
List Challenges
68 They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? Horace McCoy Goodreads 2
List Challenges
69 Trouble Is My Business Raymond Chandler List Challenges
Goodreads 2
70 White Jazz (L.A. Quartet, #4) James Ellroy List Challenges
Goodreads 2
(Titles Appear On 1 List Each)
71 100 Bullets Ranker
72 A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Film Noir: The Essential Reference Guide John Grant Fil Noir
73 A Dame to Kill For Ranker
74 A Darkness More Than Night (Harry Bosch, #7; Terry McCaleb, #2; Harry Bosch Universe, #9) Michael Connelly Goodreads
75 A Girl and a Gun: The Complete Guide to Film Noir On Video David N. Meyer Fil Noir
76 A Hell of a Woman Jim Thompson Goodreads 2
77 A History of Violence Ranker
78 A Land More Kind Than Home Wiley Cash The Guardian 2
79 A Panorama of American Film Noir, 1941-1953 Raymond Borde Fil Noir
80 A Prayer for Dawn Nathan Singer Mulholland Books
81 A Rage in Harlem (Harlem Cycle, #1) Chester Himes Goodreads 2
82 A Reference Guide to the American Film Noir 1940-1958 Robert Ottoson Fil Noir
83 A Swell Looking Babe Jim Thompson Huffington Post
84 A Swollen Red Sun Matthew McBride Publishers Weekly
85 A Touch of Death (Hard Case Crime #17) Charles Williams Goodreads 2
86 A Very Simple Crime Grant Jerkins Criminal Element
87 Absolute Zero Cool Declan Burke Goodreads
88 After Dark, My Sweet Jim Thompson Goodreads 2
89 All That Glitters: A Jake & Laura Mystery Michael Murphy Goodreads
90 Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned Walter Mosley Goodreads 2
91 American Salvage Bonnie Jo Campbell The Guardian 2
92 American Skin Ken Bruen Goodreads
93 Any novel Ross MacDonald The Guardian
94 Apple Tree Yard Louise Doughty WHSmith
95 Ask The Parrot (Parker, #23) Richard Stark Goodreads
96 At the End of the Road Grant Jerkins Goodreads
97 Baby Shark Goodreads
98 Bad Boys: The Actors of Film Noir Karen Burroughs Hannsberry Fil Noir
99 Batman: The Long Halloween Ranker
100 Beat to a Pulp: Hardboiled 2 David Cranmer Goodreads
101 Beautiful, Naked & Dead Josh Stallings Goodreads
102 Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead Michael Ledwidge Mystery Fanfare
103 Before We Met Lucie Whitehouse WHSmith
104 Berlin Noir: March Violets / The Pale Criminal / A German Requiem Philip Kerr Goodreads 2
105 Black & White & Noir Paula Rabinowitz Fil Noir
106 Black Art V.T. Davy Goodreads
107 Black Flowers Steve Mos Goodreads
108 Blackout: World War II and the Origins of Film Noir Sheri Chinen Biesen Fil Noir
109 Blackwater Kerstin Ekman Flashlight Worthy
110 Borkmann’s Point: An Inspector Van Veeteren Mystery Hakan Nesser Flashlight Worthy
111 Borrowed Trouble J.B. Kohl Goodreads
112 Bury Me Deep Megan Abbott Psycho Noir
113 Butterfly Effect Pernille Rygg Flashlight Worthy
114 Caught Stealing (Hank Thompson, #1) Charlie Huston Goodreads
115 Cemetery Road Gar Anthony Haywood Criminal Element
116 Chasm City Alastair Reynolds Syfy
117 City of Champions Daniel Stanton Goodreads 2
118 Closing Time Jim Fusilli Mulholland Books
119 Cold Caller Jason Starr Publishers Weekly
120 Colorado Noir John Dwaine McKenna Goodreads
121 Cornell Woolrich from Pulp Noir to Film Noir Thomas C. Renzi Fil Noir
122 Cotton Comes to Harlem (Harlem Cycle, #7) Chester Himes Goodreads 2
123 Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoyevsky Goodreads 2
124 Crime Scenes: Movie Poster Art of the Film Noir: The Classic PerioD: 1941-1959 Lawrence Bassoff Fil Noir
125 Criminal Vol. 2 Ranker
126 Criminal, Volume 1 Ranker
127 Cross (Jack Taylor, #6) Ken Bruen Goodreads
128 Dames in the Driver’s Seat: Rereading Film Noir Jans B. Wager Fil Noir
129 Damn Near Dead 2: Live Noir or Die Trying Bill Crider Goodreads
130 Damn Near Dead: An Anthology of Geezer Noir Duane Swierczynski Goodreads
131 Dare Me Megan Abbott Goodreads
132 Dark Cinema: American Film Noir Jon Tuska Fil Noir
133 Dark City Dames: The Wicked Women of Film Noir Eddie Muller Fil Noir
134 Dark City: The Film Noir Spencer Selby Fil Noir
135 Dark City: The Lost World of Film Noir Eddie Muller Fil Noir
136 Darkness, Take My Hand (Kenzie & Gennaro, #2) Dennis Lehane Goodreads 2
137 Dead Harvest (The Collector, #1) Chris Holm Goodreads
138 Dead on the Rocks (Sam Russo, #4) Ki Longfellow Goodreads
139 Death on the Cheap: The Lost B Movies of Film Noir Arthur Lyons Fil Noir
140 Dermaphoria Craig Clevenger Best Horror Novels
141 Detours and Lost Highways: A Map of Neo-Noir Foster Hirsch Fil Noir
142 Directors on the Edge: Outliers in Hollywood James Ursini Fil Noir
143 Disclaimer Renee Knight WHSmith
144 Dope Sara Gran Criminal Element
145 Dove Season (A Jimmy Veeder Fiasco, #1) Johnny Shaw Goodreads
146 Early Film Noir: Greed, Lust and Murder Hollywood Style William Hare Fil Noir
147 Edgar G. Ulmer: Detour on Poverty Row Fil Noir
148 Eight Million Ways to Die (Matthew Scudder, #5) Lawrence Block Goodreads 2
149 Eloise – Loving a Sociopath Catherine Lockwood Goodreads 2
150 Encyclopedia of Film Noir Geoff Mayer Fil Noir
151 European Film Noir Fil Noir
152 Expiration Date Duane Swierczynski Goodreads
153 Faceless Killers Henning Mankell Flashlight Worthy
154 Fake I.D. Jason Starr Psycho Noir
155 Femme Noir: Bad Girls of Film Karen Burroughs Hannsberry Fil Noir
156 Field Gray (Bernard Gunther, #7) Philip Kerr Goodreads
157 Film Noir Alain Silver Fil Noir
158 Film Noir Andrew Spicer Fil Noir
159 Film Noir Bruce Crowther Fil Noir
160 Film Noir Elizabeth M. Ward Fil Noir
161 Film Noir (Virgin Film) Fil Noir
162 Film Noir and the Spaces of Modernity Edward Dimendberg Fil Noir
163 Film Noir Guide: 745 Films of the Classic Era 1940-1959 Michael F. Keaney Fil Noir
164 Film Noir Reader 3: Interviews with Filmmakers of the Classic Noir Period Alain Silver Fil Noir
165 Film Noir Reader 4: The Crucial Films and Themes Alain Silver Fil Noir
166 Film Noir Reader Alain Silver & James Ursini (Editors) Fil Noir
167 Film Noir, American Workers, and Postwar Hollywood (Working in the Americas) Dennis Broe Fil Noir
168 Film Noir, The Directors Alain Silver and James Ursini Fil Noir
169 Film Noir: A Comprehensive, Illustrated Ref… Michael L. Stephens Fil Noir
170 Film Noir: An Encyclopedic Reference Alain Silver Fil Noir
171 Film Noir: Films of Trust and Betrayal Paul Duncan Fil Noir
172 Film Noir: From Berlin to Sin City Mark Bould Fil Noir
173 Find Virgil Frank Freudberg Goodreads
174 Frank Sinatra in a Blender Matthew McBride Goodreads
175 Freak Show (The Nightshade Cases #1) Patti Larsen Goodreads
176 Freaky Deaky Elmore Leonard Best Horror Novels
177 French Film Noir Robin Buss Fil Noir
178 Future Noir: The Making of Blade Runner Paul M. Sammon Fil Noir
179 Get Rich Quick Peter Doyle Goodreads
180 Gloria Grahame, Bad Girl of Film Noir: The Complete Career RobertJ. Lentz Fil Noir
181 Godchild Vincent Zandri Psycho Noir
182 Gone Bad Julie Morrigan Goodreads
183 Gone Girl Gillian Flynn Goodreads 2
184 Goodbye Piccadilly, Farewell Leicester Square Arthur La Bern Dead Good Books
185 Great Spanish Films Since 1950 Ronald Schwartz Fil Noir
186 Grifter’s Game (Hard Case Crime #1) Lawrence Block Goodreads 2
187 Gun, with Occasional Music Jonathan Lethem Syfy
188 Hangover Square Patrick Hamilton Dead Good Books
189 Hard Boiled: Great Lines from Classic Noirs Peggy Thompson Fil Noir
190 Hard Magic (Grimnoir Chronicles, #1) Larry Correia Goodreads
191 Harry Banner in Notice To Die Steve Horsfall Goodreads
192 Hausfrau Jill Alexander Essbaum WHSmith
193 Headstone (Jack Taylor, #9) Ken Bruen Goodreads
194 Heartsick Chelsea Cain Best Horror Novels
195 Hell’s Half Acre Will Christopher Baer Goodreads
196 Hellblazer Syfy
197 Hill Country R. Thomas Brown Goodreads
198 Historical Dictionary of Film Noir Andrew Spicer Fil Noir
199 Hollywood’s Dark Cinema: The American Film Noir R. Barton Palmer Fil Noir
200 Houses of Noir: Dark Visions from Thirteen Film Studios Ronald Schwartz Fil Noir
201 How to Be a Good Wife Emma Chapman WHSmith
202 I Married a Dead Man Cornell Woolrich Goodreads 2
203 I Was Dora Suarez Derek Raymond Dead Good Books
204 I, the Jury (Mike Hammer, #1) Mickey Spillane Goodreads 2
205 Ice Moon Jan Costin Wagner Flashlight Worthy
206 In a Lonely Street: Film Noir, Genre, Masculinity Frank Krutnik Fil Noir
207 In Lonely Places: Film Noir Beyond the City Imogen Sara Smith Fil Noir
208 In the Electric Mist With Confederate Dead (Dave Robicheaux, #6) James Lee Burke Goodreads 2
209 Into the Darkest Corner Elizabeth Haynes WHSmith
210 Its A Bitter Little World: The Smartest Toughest Nastiest Quotes from Film Noir Fil Noir
211 Jack’s Return Home Ted Lewis Dead Good Books
212 Jar City: A Reykjavik Thriller Arnaldur Indridason Flashlight Worthy
213 Joe Larry Brown The Guardian 2
214 Joe Pitt series Charlie Huston Syfy
215 Killer Dave Zeltserman Psycho Noir
216 Killing Suki Flood Rob Leininger Publishers Weekly
217 Kiss Her Goodbye Goodreads
218 Kiss Me, Deadly Mickey Spillane Goodreads 2
219 Kiss Me, Judas Will Christopher Baer Best Horror Novels
220 Kiss the Blood Off My Hands: On Classic Film Noir Robert Miklistch Fil Noir
221 L. A. Noir: Nine Dark Visions of the City of Angels William Hare Fil Noir
222 L.A. Noir: The City as Character Alain Silver Fil Noir
223 Lady Killer David Krae Goodreads
224 Laidlaw William McIlvanney Dead Good Books
225 Late Rain Lynn Kostoff Goodreads
226 Latin American Films, 1932-1994: A Critical Filmography Ronald Schwartz Fil Noir
227 LIFE Film Noir: 75 Years of the Greatest Fil Noir
228 Magnolias in Paradise Leonard Seet Goodreads
229 Matchstick Men Eric Garcia Mystery Fanfare
230 Miami Blues Charles Willeford Goodreads 2
231 More Than Night: Film Noir and Its Contexts Paul Arthur Fil Noir
232 More than Night: Film Noir in Its Contexts James Naremore Fil Noir
233 Neo-Noir: The New Film Noir Style from Psycho to Collateral Ronald Schwartz Fil Noir
234 Neon Noir: Contemporary American Crime Fiction Woody Haut Fil Noir
235 Night Has a Thousand Eyes Cornell Woolrich Mystery Fanfare
236 Nightmare Alley William Lindsay Gresham Goodreads 2
237 Nightmare Town Dashiell Hammett Goodreads 2
238 Noir Anxiety Kelly Oliver Fil Noir
239 Noir Is My Beat Lara Fisher Fil Noir
240 Noir Movies Facts, Figures & Fun John Grant Fil Noir
241 Noir, Now and Then: Film Noir Originals and Remakes (1944-1999) Ronald Schwartz Fil Noir
242 Once Were Cops Ken Bruen Goodreads
243 One Too Many Blows To The Head J.B. Kohl Goodreads
244 Out of the Past: Adventures in Film Noir Barry Gifford Fil Noir
245 Out There Bad Josh Stallings Goodreads
246 Pariah Dave Zeltserman Goodreads
247 Payback Russell James Mystery Fanfare
248 Penny Dreadful Will Christopher Baer Goodreads
249 Phantom Lady Cornell Woolrich Goodreads 2
250 Pick-Up Charles Willeford Goodreads 2
251 Prayers for Rain (Kenzie & Gennaro, #5) Dennis Lehane Goodreads 2
252 Psychosomatic Anthony Neil Smith Psycho Noir
253 Red Cat Peter Spiegelman Mulholland Books
254 Rendezvous in Black Cornell Woolrich Goodreads 2
255 Reverb J. Cafesin Goodreads
256 Richard Stark’s Parker: The Hunter Ranker
257 Right as Rain (Derek Strange and Terry Quinn #1) George Pelecanos Goodreads 2
258 Road to Perdition Ranker
259 Robert Siodmak: A Biography, With Critical Analyses Deborah Lazaroff Alpi Fil Noir
260 Roseanna Per Wahloo Flashlight Worthy
261 San Francisco Noir Nathaniel Rich Fil Noir
262 Sanctuary William Faulkner Men’s Journal
263 Sandman Syfy
264 Santa Barbara Noir (California Journeys) Barbara Tannenbaum Fil Noir
265 Scalped Ranker
266 Screwball Comedy and Film Noir: An Analysis of Their Imagery and Character Kinship Thomas C. Renzi Fil Noir
267 Season to Taste (or How to Eat your Husband) Natalie Young WHSmith
268 Second Life S. J. Watson WHSmith
269 Shades of Noir: A Reader Fil Noir
270 Shadow Man: A Biography of Lewis Miles Archer Gabriel Blackwell Goodreads
271 Sharp Objects Gillian Flynn Goodreads 2
272 Shoedog George Pelecanos Mystery Fanfare
273 Sing a Song of Homicide James R. Langham Publishers Weekly
274 Slammer Allan Guthrie Psycho Noir
275 Sleeper, Season 1 Ranker
276 Solomon’s Vineyard Jonathan Latimer The Guardian
277 Spring Water John Fitzgerald Goodreads
278 Stagger Bay Pearce Hansen Goodreads
279 Staring Into the Abyss Richard Thomas Best Horror Novels
280 Stray Dog Bookglow
281 Street with No Name: A History of the Classic Film Noir Andrew Dickos Fil Noir
282 Surrogates Syfy
283 Swann’s Lake of Despair (Henry Swann #3) Charles Salzberg Goodreads
284 Swann’s Way Out (Henry Swann #4) Charles Salzberg Goodreads
285 Table 21 T. Rafael Cimino Goodreads
286 Tech-Noir: The Fusion of Science Fiction and Film Noir Paul Meehan Fil Noir
287 The Adjustment Scott Phillips Goodreads
288 The Art of Noir: The Posters and Graphics from the Classic Era of Film Noir Eddie Muller Fil Noir
289 The Automatic Detective A. Lee Martinez Syfy
290 The Bastard Hand Heath Lowrance Goodreads
291 The Beloved Bs.(Mediocre or B Motion Pictures) Dan Georgakas Fil Noir
292 The Big Book of Noir Fil Noir
293 The Big Clock Kenneth Fearing Goodreads 2
294 The Blonde on the Street Corner Ralph Creel Huffington Post
295 The Book of Film Noir Fil Noir
296 The Book of You Claire Kendal WHSmith
297 The Cartel Don Winslow Goodreads
298 The Caves of Steel Isaac Asimov Syfy
299 The Chaos We Know: Stories Keith Rawson Goodreads
300 The Chill Ross Macdonald Goodreads 2
301 The City and the City China Mieville Syfy
302 The Cleaner (Jonathan Quinn, #1) Brett Battles Goodreads
303 The Cleanup Sean Doolittle Criminal Element
304 The Cold Kiss John Rector Criminal Element
305 The Color Purple Alice Walker The Guardian 2
306 The Complete Stories Flannery O’Connor The Guardian 2
307 The Cuckoo’s Calling (Cormoran Strike, #1) Robert Galbraith Goodreads
308 The Dark Mirror: Psychiatry and Film Noir Marlisa Santos Fil Noir
309 The Dark Side of the Screen: Film Noir Foster Hirsch Fil Noir
310 The Dave Robicheaux Series James Lee Burke The Guardian 2
311 The Day of the Locust Nathanael West The Guardian
312 The Deputy Victor Gischler Goodreads
313 The Devil All the Time Donald Ray Pollock Goodreads
314 The Devil She Knows (Maureen Coughlin, #1) Bill Loehfelm Goodreads
315 The Dresden Files Jim Butcher Syfy
316 The Drowning Pool Ross Macdonald Goodreads 2
317 The Elephant Tree R.D. Ronald Goodreads
318 The Eye of the Beholder Marc Behm The Guardian
319 The Fatal Woman: Sources of Male Anxiety in.Film Noir 1941-1991 James F. Maxfield Fil Noir
320 The Felix Castor series Mike Carey Syfy
321 The Fever Kill Tom Piccirilli Publishers Weekly
322 The Film Noir Bible: When White People Had The Blues Fil Noir
323 The Film Noir Encyclopedia (new edition) Alain Silver; Elizabeth Ward; James Ursini; Robert Porfirio Fil Noir
324 The Films of Samuel Fuller: If You Die, I’ll Kill You! Lisa Dombrowski Fil Noir
325 The Galton Case Ross Macdonald Goodreads 2
326 The Gangster Film Reader Alain Silver Fil Noir
327 The Getaway Man Andrew Vachss Psycho Noir
328 The Gilt Kid James Curtis Dead Good Books
329 The Girl on the Train Paula Hawkins WHSmith
330 The Graving Dock Gabriel Cohen Mulholland Books
331 The Guards (Jack Taylor, #1) Ken Bruen Goodreads 2
332 The Ice Harvest Scott Phillips Criminal Element
333 The Ice Princess (Patrik Hedström, #1) Camilla Läckberg Goodreads
334 The Kept Girl Kim Cooper Goodreads
335 The Kind Worth Killing Peter Swanson WHSmith
336 The Kinsey Milhone books Sue Grafton The Guardian
337 The Last Good Day Peter Blauner Mulholland Books
338 The Last Good Kiss (C.W. Sughrue, #1) James Crumley Goodreads 2
339 The Liar’s Chair Rebecca Whitney WHSmith
340 The Little Black and White Book of Film Noir fom the 40s and 50s Peg Thompson Fil Noir
341 The Long Fall (Leonid McGill, #1) Walter Mosley Goodreads
342 The Lowlife Alexander Baron Dead Good Books
343 The Lucky Stiff Craig Rice Publishers Weekly
344 The Maltese Touch of Evil: Film Noir and Potential Criticism Shannon Scott Clute Fil Noir
345 The Man With The Getaway Face (Parker, #2) Richard Stark Goodreads 2
346 The Midnight Road Tom Piccirilli Best Horror Novels
347 The Movie Book of Film Noir Fil Noir
348 The Moving Target Ross Macdonald Goodreads 2
349 The Narrows (Harry Bosch, #10; Harry Bosch Universe, #12) Michael Connelly Goodreads 2
350 The Nightside Series Simon Green Syfy
351 The Ninth Step Grant Jerkins Goodreads
352 The Noir Style Alain Silver Fil Noir
353 The Office of Lost and Found Vincent Holland-Keen Goodreads
354 The One from the Other (Bernard Gunther, #4) Philip Kerr Goodreads
355 The Outfit (Parker, #3) Richard Stark Goodreads 2
356 The Perfect Crime Les Edgerton Goodreads
357 The Philosophy of Neo-Noir (Philosophy and Popular Culture) Fil Noir
358 The Poet (Jack McEvoy, #1; Harry Bosch Universe, #5) Michael Connelly Goodreads 2
359 The Poison Tree Erin Kelly WHSmith
360 The Princess of Burundi Kjell Eriksson Flashlight Worthy
361 The Punisher Vol. 5 Ranker
362 The Resnick novels John Harvey The Guardian
363 The Rough Guide to Film Noir A great introduction that covers the genre from early German expressionism to the latest neo-noirs, and highlights the movies to look out for. Fil Noir
364 The Salome Effect James Sajo Goodreads
365 The Sandman Slim series Richard Kadrey Syfy
366 The Second Bat Guano War J.M. Porup Goodreads
367 The Shanghai Moon SJ Rozan Mulholland Books
368 The Shark-Infested Custard Charles Willeford Publishers Weekly
369 The Silent Wife A. S. A. Harrison WHSmith
370 The Song is You Megan Abbott Goodreads
371 The Terror of Living Urban Waite Goodreads
372 The Torch Singer (An Overnight Sensation #1) Robert Westbrook Goodreads
373 The Transylvania Detective Squad (Transylvania #1) M.L. Dunn Goodreads
374 The Wheelman Duane Swierczynski Best Horror Novels
375 The Whisperer Donato Carrisi Publishers Weekly
376 The White Tiger Aravind Adiga Goodreads
377 The Winter of Frankie Machine Don Winslow Goodreads
378 The World Made Straight Ron Rash The Guardian 2
379 The Yankee Club Michael Murphy Goodreads
380 The Yiddish Policemen’s Union Michael Chabon Syfy
381 The Zebra-Striped Hearse Ross Macdonald Goodreads 2
382 The Zombie Room R.D. Ronald Goodreads
383 Three to Kill Jean-Patrick Manchette Goodreads 2
384 Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat Andrez Bergen Goodreads
385 Trunk Music (Harry Bosch, #5; Harry Bosch Universe, #6) Michael Connelly Goodreads 2
386 TV Noir: The twentieth century Ray Starman Fil Noir
387 Twisted City Jason Starr Criminal Element
388 Two-Way Split Allan Guthrie Goodreads
389 Unless the Threat of Death Is Behind Them: … John T. Irwin Fil Noir
390 Voices in the Dark: THE NARRATIVE PATTERNS OF FILM NOIR Fil Noir
391 Weekend in Weighton Terry Murphy Goodreads
392 What is Film Noir? William Park Fil Noir
393 When Gravity Fails George Alec Effinger Syfy
394 Who Censored Roger Rabbit Gary Wolf Syfy
395 Wide Boys Never Work Robert Westerby Dead Good Books
396 Women in Film Noir Fil Noir
397 Yellow Medicine (Billy Lafitte, #1) Anthony Neil Smith Goodreads


20 Best Noir Novel Sources/Lists



Source Article
Best Horror Novels Popular Neo-Noir Horror Books
Bookglow 5 1940s Film Noir Classics And The Books Behind Them
Criminal Element 10 of the Best Noir Novels of the 21st Century
Dead Good Books Top 10 British Noir Titles of Yesteryear
Fil Noir Film Noir Books
Flashlight Worthy Nordic Noir
Goodreads Best Noir of the 21st Century
Goodreads 2 Best Hardboiled PI & Noir
Huffington Post Dark Journeys: The Best of Noir Fiction
List Challenges Pulp Fiction – The Best Noir Novels
Men’s Journal The Best Old-School Noir Novels
Mulholland Books The Amazing Noir Books You Have To Read
Mystery Fanfare 20 Essential Works of Noir Fiction
Psycho Noir 10 Best Noirs of the Last 10 Years (or so)
Publishers Weekly 10 Best Noir Novels
Ranker The Best Crime Comics to Ever Hit the Shelves
Syfy 12 SCI-FI/FANTASY BOOKS THAT CHANNEL THE BLOOD OF HARDBOILED NOIR INTO THEIR BLACK, BLACK HEARTS
The Guardian Jonathan Kellerman’s top 10 LA noir novels
The Guardian 2 Top 10 rural noir novels
WHSmith Domestic Noir Books Every ‘Gone Girl’ Fan Should Read

 

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