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Corporate Noir, or This Job Is Killing Me

Corporate Noir, or This Job Is Killing Me

IN CONTEMPORARY NOIR, you are often your own worst enemy. This is stylishly illustrated in the 2012 movie Looper, in which time travel has been outlawed but is still used as a handy black-market tool ...

The Domestic Terrorism of Tana French

The Domestic Terrorism of Tana French

IRISH WRITER TANA FRENCH has invented a type of domestic terrorism all her own. In her five novels, narrated by members of the Dublin police force, families are laid waste, friendships shattered, and ...

PODCAST #65: Geoff Nicholson

PODCAST #65: Geoff Nicholson

Colin Marshall talks with Geoff Nicholson, author of nonfiction books like Day Trips to the Desert, The Lost Art of Walking, and Walking in Ruins as well as such novels as Bleeding London, Grav...

Cool Characters

Cool Characters

SEVERAL MONTHS AGO while sitting in the back of a courtroom waiting to be arraigned on a charge that could have sent me to jail for a year, I began reading Justin Gifford’s Pimping Fictions: African...

The Power of Prayer

The Power of Prayer

PHILIP KERR is best known for his Bernie Gunther series, now at nine books and counting. They are phenomenal, a riveting glimpse into the mass psychosis of Nazi Germany. Kerr’s novels span 1934-1954...

The Rabbi Who Knew Too Much

The Rabbi Who Knew Too Much

I BOUGHT MY FIRST Rabbi Small detective novel with a smirk. I had spotted the book, a slowly disintegrating paperback from 1967, in the mystery section of a used bookstore in New York. The very ide...

LA Women

LA Women

YOU'RE GOING to have a tough time if you invoke Philip Marlowe in your LA-noir novels. Steph Cha’s debut, Follow Her Home, introduced nascent gumshoe Juniper Song by following Song — it’s what e...

Viral Murders

Viral Murders

I STARTED READING Broken Monsters the night before leaving on a 10-day trip that encompassed two weddings and three cities. I enjoyed this trip greatly, but I spent a significant amount of time wishin...

Troubled Narrators, Troubled Times

Troubled Narrators, Troubled Times

It should be sufficient to say that I am Juan Pablo Castel, the painter who killed Maria Iribarne. I imagine that the trial is still in everyone’s mind and that no further information about myself i...

Something Rotten in Denmark

Something Rotten in Denmark

I WAS INTRODUCED to Nordic noir in the same way as most readers: someone handed me a copy of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. When the novel was at the peak of its popularity, I had resisted reading i...

From Whodunits to Why Bother? Noir at MoMA

From Whodunits to Why Bother? Noir at MoMA

TODAY’S FILM HISTORY is largely yesterday’s Hollywood gossip. With that in mind, Columbia Pictures co-founder Harry Cohn’s reputation as Golden Age Tinseltown’s most hated studio head seems as...

Andrew Coburn: The Understated Noirist

Andrew Coburn: The Understated Noirist

IT WAS IN 1980 that I first came across Andrew Coburn’s Off Duty, a tightly plotted novel in which one would be hard-pressed to identify the primary criminals: a pair of cops, a real estate agent, t...

The Criminal Kind: Noir Women

The Criminal Kind: Noir Women

TO SAY IT IS long overdue is a criminal understatement — Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives: Stories from the Trailblazers of Domestic Suspense Paperback is simply one of the most significant anthol...