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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Hope Never Dies (Obama Biden Mysteries, #1)
Dimma (Hidden Iceland #1)
The Cartel (Power of the Dog #2)
The Thirst (Harry Hole, #11)
Prussian Blue (Bernie Gunther, #12)
The Force
Blood on Snow (Blood on Snow, #1)
The Feral Detective
The Good Son
DNA (Children's House, #1)
Macbeth (Hogarth Shakespeare)
The Girl with a Clock for a Heart
The Big Sleep (Philip Marlowe, #1)
The Maltese Falcon
The Postman Always Rings Twice
The Black Dahlia (L.A. Quartet, #1)
The Long Goodbye (Philip Marlowe, #6)
Farewell, My Lovely (Philip Marlowe, #2)
Double Indemnity
Red Harvest
The Thin Man
L.A. Confidential (L.A. Quartet, #3)
The Killer Inside Me
The Lady in the Lake (Philip Marlowe, #4)
The High Window (Philip Marlowe, #3)
The Little Sister (Philip Marlowe, #5)
Altered Carbon (Takeshi Kovacs, #1)
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