Yvonne
Yvonne asked Duane Swierczynski:

I would love to read more noir-type novels but there's a lot of bad to go with the good, and most of those that I recognise I have already seen as films. Any advice on where to start? Could you recommend some forgotten gems perhaps?

Duane Swierczynski Hey, Yvonne! Great question. For the past two years I've taught a reading seminar at the Crime Fiction Academy in NYC, and here are a few of the noir/crime/mystery novels I've assigned (all are still in print/available):

THE KILLER INSIDE ME by Jim Thompson

THE CRY OF THE OWL by Patricia Highsmith (but also check out RIPLEY'S GAME, which I just finished. Amazing.)

MIAMI BLUES, by Charles Willeford

THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE, by James M. Cain

SHOOT THE PIANO PLAYER, by David Goodis

THE EXPENDABLE MAN, by Dorothy Hughes

COTTON COMES TO HARLEM, by Chester Himes

THE LAST GOOD KISS, by James Crumley

THE HUNTER, by Richard Stark

... to name just a few.

Cheers--

Duane

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