Good/great modern/contemporary noir/hard-boiled fiction
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I've read both Lehane and Ellroy and of course much of the classics (Chandler, Hammett, Thompson and such). Anyone have any good suggestions?
I have some Simenon I haven't read yet but I thought those were less noir hardboiled and more the general detective novels/stories.
I have some Ross Macdonald as well but I didn't even think of him. I bought them a while ago and they were shelved and forgotten until I read you response.
But have you thought of also looking at some Fantasy, which explicitly tries for a 'Noir' atmosphere?
I would recommend Jim Butcher and Glen Cook (His Garette series).
But probably only the first few in the series. In fact 'only' start with their first books.
I also liked that 'alternate History" Fatherland . A thriller, but I guess its setting feels 'Noir' to me :)
If you can stretch from 'fantasy' to 'sci-fi', then Richard Morgan's books are an excellent set to try; there's the Takeshi Kovacs series, which consists of Altered Carbon, Market Forces, Broken Angels, and there's the stand-alone Black Man (my personal favourite).
There's also Jon Courtenay Grimwood's 9tail fox, and perhaps his Arabesk Trilogy too.
Further, for those who don't object to reading their stories in graphical form (comic books, that is to say), there are plenty of good places to start:
Most accessible is probably Darwyn Cooke's adaptations of the Parker stories, The Hunter, The Outfit and The Score.
I absolutely adore the works of Ed Brubaker. He's done plenty, often in collaboration with Sean Phillips. The Criminal series is straight out crime noir; start with Criminal: Coward. Then there's his horror noir series, Fatale; start with Fatale: Death Chases Me for that one. Then, going back earlier in his career, there's his superhero noir series - perhaps a bit more Le Carre than noir, though - called Sleeper, which is collected in a single volume, Sleeper Omnibus, or there's Sleeper: Season 1 for a cheaper place to start. This was the one comic that for a long time I'd push on everyone to read, I think it's that good.
Hope some of you guys out there reading this find some inspiration from these suggestions.
Since we share 500+ books (and I should borrow about 200 from you) I look forward to any 'Noir' SF/Fantasy you suggest :-)
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