Sunday, July 29, 2012

My Ten Favorite Noir Novels of All Time at This Moment

From out of the darkness, here I have found the greatest joy:

Frank Norris, McTeague (1899) 
Martin M. Goldsmith, Detour (1939) 
William Lindsay Gresham, Nightmare Alley (1946)
Bill S. Ballinger, Portrait in Smoke (1950)
Gil Brewer, A Killer Is Loose (1954)
Jim Thompson, A Hell of a Woman (1954) 
Charles Williams, A Touch of Death (1954)
James McKimmey, The Long Ride (1961) 
Richard Stark, The Score (1964)
Natsuo Kirino, Out (1997)


  1. Good list. Really glad to see some of these remembered. Did my M.A. thesis on Norris long, long ago, I loved MCTEAGUE. The scene with Trina and the money is classic. As are several others.

  2. It's funny the frequency with which the scene with Trina and the gold gets replayed in various ways in later noir novels. . . . It always makes me wonder if the writers have read Norris or if they've wound up in the same place on their own.