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Ago 14, 2011, 11:45pm

Hi all, just wondering what everyone has been reading lately. I just finished A Rage in Harlem (aka For Love of Imabelle) by Chester Himes. It was great. I'm currently reading The Magdalen Martyrs by Ken Bruen.

Ago 18, 2011, 2:27pm

I've recently read The Big Sleep by Chandler and Solomon's Vineyard by Jonathan Latimer and enjoyed both. I'll be continuing with Phil Marlowe as he's such an interesting guy.

Ago 21, 2011, 3:28pm

I just finished The End of the Night by John MacDonald which is a remarkable work but very dark. I need to return to Ross McDonald and Lew Archer and John MacDonald and Travis McGee who are two other very interesting guys.

Editado: Out 9, 2011, 5:32pm

Quarry's Ex by Max Allan Collins. My first Quarry. Look forward to reading more. "I took a few minutes to watch her go, because that well-shaped behind in a pair of jeans was enough to make me believe in God again. For a few seconds anyway."

Editado: Nov 15, 2011, 8:09pm

Just finished reading a biography, The Life of Raymond Chandler by Frank MacShane. Very interesting reading. Just started to read The Black Path of Fear by Cornell Woolrich. I've never been disappointed in anything Woolrich has written, so this should be a fun, albeit dark ride.

Jan 9, 2012, 6:55pm

I'm about halfway through No Beast So Fierce by Edward Bunker, his first novel. A great book so far. I'm really enjoying some great writing.

Fev 9, 2012, 1:38am

Great book. Bunker is a little harder to find. A Beast So Feirce rings very authentic. Bunker was also in Tarntino's Resovoir Dogs.

Fev 25, 2012, 9:37am

I've just been taking recommendations for reading from the group here, and ordering 2nd hand copies. When I went out to find the John D. MacDonald End of the Night, I found really high prices. A mass-market paperback copy was going for nearly $200. The best price, and the only one below $100, was for a French language translation. What's going on with this?

Maio 1, 2012, 7:10am

End of the Night is out of print, somewhat of a lost classic. The prices you are looking at must be for first editions or collectible editions. You have to be able to find a reading copy on Amazon, ABE, or Powell's for much less. I know I picked up my copy for under $10. I don't know why someone doesn't reprint some of the John McDonald titles.

Maio 1, 2012, 2:45pm

Try "Dog eat Dog". Bunker provides the reader with a realism that only a real bank robber can offer.

Maio 2, 2012, 10:29pm

The Crust on its Uppers by Derek Raymond is good fun, particularly when the early 1960s underworld collides with Chelsea's arty bohemian slummers. It's definitely one, though, for lovers of language. The use of dialect in fiction can go so wrong so easily, but Raymond gets it right (and the glossary has definitely been helpful for this North American slag). The unfamiliar language will probably not enchant those, however, who want the facts, ma'am, just the facts.

Editado: Maio 10, 2012, 10:19pm

I have not read many of the classic noir authors in a long time so I picked up the compilation "The Best American Noir of the Century" edited by James Ellroy and Otto Penzler. Some new, some old but all great. Felt good to be back in the day when you know.. a real telephone rang or a dame knocked at the door in distress and private eyes kept a bottle of bourbon in their desk. Danger-could add 50 books to your must read list.

Editado: Maio 10, 2012, 10:23pm

jjmiller50fiction Time to learn to read French and get a copy of Paris Noir

Maio 11, 2012, 2:16pm

Now and on Earth, by Jim Thompson.

Maio 12, 2012, 9:51am

The Thief by Fuminori Nakamura. Recommended.

Maio 12, 2012, 12:30pm

I'm halfway through The Bride Wore Black by Cornell Woolrich.

Nov 5, 2012, 9:44pm

I've just finished Hard Stop, fourth entry in the Hamptons noir mystery series featuring Sam Acquillo. I liked it, as I have the others in the series. See why in my thread...post #235.

Editado: Jan 9, 2013, 1:36am

Finished Savage Art: A Biography of Jim Thompson by Robert Polito over the weekend. I'll follow up by reading/rereading ten of Thompson's better novels over the next year starting with Nothing More than Murder.

Dez 30, 2012, 4:31pm

I have five more reviews to post before 11:59p on 12/31/12 to make it to my goal of having 700 reviews up on LT before the New Year!

The first one is an old book circle read, The Maltese Falcon, which we read in 1996. The review's in my thread...post #5.

Dez 30, 2012, 7:05pm

I knew this book was going to be good before I ever cracked it on Christmas Day - The Grifters by Jim Thompson. I wasn't disappointed. I also just finished Dust Devils by Roger Smith, also excellent.

Abr 29, 2014, 4:35pm

I've been reading Megan Abbott recently and have really liked Die A Little, and liked The Song is You even more.

Jun 15, 2014, 9:38am

I am reading short novels about Singapore in Singapore noir.

Set 15, 2014, 3:24pm

I've been reading Tana French and Jo Nesbo and have also been going back through Raymond Chandler's old gems.

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