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New Noir: Captivating Crime Books That Give a Fresh Spin to the Noir Genre

Captivating Crime Books That Give a Fresh Spin to the Noir GenreWe are in the swing of summer now, and when the sun is hot, it’s the perfect time to stay cool with shady characters. Crime books make for great beach reads, and there’s nothing cooler than noir fiction. If you are unfamiliar with noir, it’s a popular subset of the crime fiction genre. According to the definition by Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, noir is “crime fiction featuring hard-boiled cynical characters and bleak sleazy settings.” Think The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler or Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley. There’s usually a lot of witty dialogue and hard luck characters getting roped into morally gray plots and making questionable decisions. And crime. There’s always crime, which is great because crime fiction books make for fun escapism. That is why we’ve created this list of four great new noir books for crime readers, just in time for the summer. So practice your best Humphrey Bogart impression and get ready to root for the underdog.