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Crime and Mystery Meet Film Noir

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“Film noir.” The phrase conjures a very specific sort of image: a man in a trenchcoat, perhaps, or a black-and-white figure smoking a cigarette in a dingy alleyway. Film noir encompasses some of Hollywood’s most memorable movies, from The Maltese Falcon to Double Indemnity. Characterized by its shadowy aesthetic, gritty characters, femme fatales, and hard-boiled mystery plots, film noir defined the careers of actors like Humphrey Bogart and Robert Mitchum, and of writers like Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler.
While film noir ceased to be a big presence in Hollywood around the 1950s, its spirit lives on. If you’re looking for a book that can capture the mood of the film noir genre, any of these seven crime thrillers (or all of them!) will hit the spot. Some are modern stories, while others are mystery books set in or closer to the period when film noir was king. All have that distinctive noir flavor that has kept audiences spellbound for decades.

 

Eileen Gonzalez is a freelance writer from Connecticut. She has a Master’s degree in communications and years of experience writing about pop culture. She contributes to Book Riot and Foreword Reviews, and she occasionally tweets at @eileen2thestars.