The investigation is slow and slippery to start with, but when Montalbano realizes that every clue he uncovers and every person he interviews is leading to the same place: the world of public spending – and with it, the Mafia – the case begins to pick up pace. Hendricks’ story of low expectations and murderous lovers comes very, very close to going too far, and then nimbly steps back each time. The most noticeable fact is that Dickens was paid a huge amount of money for this work (by the New York Ledger)! She had the best detectives, in my opinion, way more interesting than Nancy, Frank, or Joe. NOOK Book Father Brown is a priest who has great insights into the human evil and he solves amazing mysteries with his intuition! Welcome back. Cha begins with the stories of two families and returns time and again to the texture of their everyday lives, but meanwhile shows the escalating racial tensions and civil unrest radiating outward from those families’ point of intersection—a violent encounter one night in Los Angeles. $10.32 | $14.95. Paperback Hammett’s final published novel is a bit more lighthearted than his other work, and other noir detective novels in general. published 1887, avg rating 4.30 — Spillane’s Mike Hammer is another icon of the genre, a wrecking crew of a man whose “own rules” attitude toward legalities and social niceties predates Dirty Harry by decades. An example of a modern take on the noir genre, The Crow Girl is a violent story with an unreliable narrator. With violence around every corner, the story is as gut-spinning as a car chase, and soaked in Driver’s existential malaise. $8.99 Then when I was 8 I discovered Agatha Christie’s novels, and read every one of those, too. While the city slides into one of its most explosive periods of gang warfare, Kenzie and Gennaro find themselves looking into sickening child abuse, terrifying violence, and a series of twisting double-crosses culminating in a victory that feels more like a defeat. 232,344 ratings — Here are 50 noir books in no particular order that any fan of detective fiction should have on their shelves—and if you’re not familiar with the label, any one of these would be the ideal introduction to the genre. . 66,423 ratings — Crime fiction, Detective and Suspense Novels, etc. Paperback Rhona MacLeod must use all her skills to determine what happened all those years ago . 380,091 ratings — He finds himself squaring off with Ida Arnold, a woman who decides to expose Pinkie’s crimes solely out of a sense of rightness. Phillips’ modern classic is the story of low-level crook and former attorney Charlie Arglist, who has a simple plan to make off with his mobster boss’s money in the middle of a Christmas Eve blizzard in Wichita. In other words, it’s noir. Patricia Highsmith is perhaps the only author on this list who could challenge Jim Thompson for sheer bleakness when it comes to her view of human nature. Paperback Paperback But the New Era Is Different. . Is he ready for what is to come? Inspired by a true story, Little Deaths is the story of Ruth, a single mother of two who wakes up to find her kids missing and no clue what happened to them . Drawing inspiration from the classics of the genre with dialogue that crackles with Hammett’s rhythmic style and dreamy prose that echoes Chandler, James tells the story of a Floyd Carter returning to London to bury his brother Albie, only to find himself dragged into his brother’s criminal world. As the depth of his depravity slowly dawns on the reader, everything that has come before is recast in a new, more awful light, and the betrayals and violence that come later suddenly seem perfectly in tune with the grimy universe Thompson has created. Harry Fabian is one of the least sympathetic narrators in literary history, a morally blank criminal desperate to elevate himself into a position of power, wealth, and influence.