LARB’s Best: Noir

LARB’s Best: Noir

Los Angeles, perhaps more so than any other city, is inextricably linked with noir. It should come as little surprise, then, that LARB’s Noir section has been home to some of the best and most thoughtful writing on the genre over the past 10 years. Compiled with input from Steph Cha, LARB’s previous Noir Editor, this list is only a small sampling of what has drawn people to the section. The works discussed include foundational texts and fresh new approaches to crime fiction, but they’re all built around the genre’s central idea: that crime, corruption, and violence offer unique opportunities to explore what makes people tick. The pieces here span a wide range of settings and subgenres, but they’re linked by the care their authors took to identify and convey exactly what makes them worth reading. It’s been a pleasure to learn from these talented contributors, and as the Los Angeles Review of Books moves into its second decade readers can be confident that we’ll continue bringing you great writing on the most LA of genres.

— Nathan Jefferson


 




 

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