Noir fiction is a name given to a mode of crime fiction which can be regarded as a subset of the hardboiled style.

In this sub-genre, the protagonist is usually not a detective, but instead either a victim, a suspect, or a perpetrator. He is someone tied directly to the crime, not an outsider called to solve or fix the situation.

See also pulp noir.

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The Big Sleep (Philip Marlowe #1)
The Maltese Falcon
The Postman Always Rings Twice
The Long Goodbye (Philip Marlowe, #6)
Farewell, My Lovely (Philip Marlowe #2)
The Black Dahlia (L.A. Quartet, #1)
Double Indemnity
Red Harvest
The Thin Man
L.A. Confidential (L.A. Quartet, #3)
The High Window (Philip Marlowe #3)
The Lady in the Lake (Philip Marlowe #4)
The Zombie Room
The Elephant Tree
The Killer Inside Me

Benjamin Black
Benjamin Black The Black-Eyed Blonde
His Favorite Noir Books: Get your crime fix in these recs from the writer who revives The Big Sleep's detective, Philip Marlowe, in The Black-Eyed Blonde.
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He was a guy who talked with commas, like a heavy novel. Over the phone anyway.
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