Tartan Noir

Tartan Noir is a form of crime fiction particular to Scotland and Scottish writers. It has its roots in Scottish literature but borrows elements from elsewhere, including from the work of James Ellroy and the hardboiled genre. The name itself was coined by Ellroy, who called Ian Rankin "the king of tartan noir" for a book cover.
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Comments Showing 1-4 of 4 (4 new)

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message 1: by Caitlin (new)

Caitlin I'm a little surprised to see how little Val McDermid is on this list


message 2: by Clare (new)

Clare O'Beara On Chesil Beach certainly doesn't belong here.


message 3: by Lilolily (new)

Lilolily Why is Ian McEwan classed as tartan noir? He's English, not Scottish.


message 4: by Paul (new)

Paul Harvey Caitlin wrote: "I'm a little surprised to see how little Val McDermid is on this list"

Although Val is Scottish and writes gritty noir books, most of them are set outside Scotland.


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