Thursday, September 07, 2017

I'm Sure You'll All Agree

But I don't.  I usually stay out of the commentary on these lists, but the majority of these aren't even noir by my definition.

The Best Noir Books Of All-Time 


Rick Ollerman said...

For what it's worth, I agree with you completely, Bill.

Gerard Saylor said...

What is noir?

Don Coffin said...

It's a good list of books (most of which I've read)...and I suppose it depends on how broadly one defines "noir." I'd call about half of them noir.

Jeff Meyerson said...

I agree. I don't consider Chandler noir.

Bud said...

Well, are any of you knowledgables going to trot out your definition to us neophytes, or do we have to rely on Wikipedia? 8-)

Unknown said...

As I mentioned above, I agree with Otto Penzler. Googling Otto Penzler definition of noir should find it.

Ed McBride said...

Using the strict "Penzler" definition of noir, here are 10 of my favorites:
So Young, So Wicked - Jonathan Craig
The Vengeful Virgin - Gil Brewer
.44 - H.A. DeRosso
Pick-Up - Charles Willeford
Pop. 1280 - Jim Thompson
Black Wings Has My Angel - Elliot Chaze
Brute in Brass - Harry Whittington
Sleep with the Devil - Day Keene
The Name of the Game is Death - Dan J. Marlowe
The Postman Always Rings Twice - James M. Cain

Unknown said...

I've read them aa and agree.

Bud said...

Thank for directing me to the straight skinny: Penzler, et al.