Happy Tuesday everyone! This week's theme for Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is Books Every X Should Read so we have some free reign this week. After plenty of thought, I decided to go with Books Every Noir Fan Should Read. Personally, I love the genre when it comes to hard-boiled crime fiction books (and film noir they inspired), and those I have listed below are some of my favorites.
The Maltese Falcom by Dashiell Hammett
Double Indemnity by James M. Cain
Leave Her To Heaven by Ben Ames Williams - Much less well known than the above, but still a must-read (and watch).
Don't Dare a Dame (Maggie Sullivan Mystery #3) by M. Ruth Myers - 2013 release, Depression-era setting - Maggie Sullivan is billed as "Sam Spade in a skirt" - definitely makes me think of a mix of River Song from "The Angels Take Manhattan" from the seventh season of Doctor Who and Peggy Carter of Agent Carter.
The Last Hot Time by John M. Ford - Very interesting read alike for The Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher (great fan art by Mika-Blackfield) - and both are set in Chicago.
Dead Things (Eric Carter #1) by Stephen Blackmoore - If you enjoyed Constantine, you would probably like the Eric Carter series.
The Case of the Flapjack Flop (Humpty Dumpty: Hardboiled Detective #1) by Nate Evans, Vince Evans, and Paul W. Hindman - A hilarious fractured fairy tale twist on the genre. A must-read for fans of the Chet Gecko Mysteries by Bruce Hale.
Cape Fear (1962 and 1991) - I've never read the source material by John D. MacDonald, but I love the two movie adaptations of the tense noir thriller. The 1962 film stars Robert Mitchum and Gregory Peck and the 1991 version stars Robert De Niro and Nick Nolte. Based on how much I like the original and the remake (I think I actually prefer the remake), I need to try the source material.
So, what do you think of my list this week? Are you a fan of noir, or hard-boiled crime fiction? Have you read or watched any of my picks? What recommendations do you have for me? As always, thanks for visiting my blog - all comments are appreciated and I try to respond to everyone!