The Noir Thriller

Paperback | October 15, 2009

byLee Horsley

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What is literary noir? How do British and American noir thrillers relate to their historical contexts? Lee Horsley's updated study of the genre, now available in paperback, ranges over hundreds of novels from the hard-boiled fiction of Hammett, Chandler and Cain to the game-players, voyeurs and consumers of contemporary thrillers and future noir.

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What is literary noir? How do British and American noir thrillers relate to their historical contexts? Lee Horsley's updated study of the genre, now available in paperback, ranges over hundreds of novels from the hard-boiled fiction of Hammett, Chandler and Cain to the game-players, voyeurs and consumers of contemporary thrillers and f...

LEE HORSLEY is Senior Lecturer in English at Lancaster University, UK. Her publications include Political Fiction and the Historical Imagination (1990), Fictions of Power in English Literature 1900-1950 (1995) and Twentieth-Century Crime Fiction (2004). She is also the founder of crimeculture, a website devoted to the academic study o...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:328 pages, 8.54 × 5.53 × 0.79 inPublished:October 15, 2009Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0230218865

ISBN - 13:9780230218864

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Table of Contents

Dedication
List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements
Introduction
PART I: 1920-45
Hard-boiled Investigators
Big-shot Gangsters and Small-time Crooks
Victims of Circumstance
PART II: 1945-70
Fatal Men
Fatal Women
Strangers and Outcasts
PART III: 1970-2000
Players, Voyeurs and Consumers
Pasts and Futures
Afterword: Literary Noir in the Twenty-First Century
Bibliography
Index

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'A good treatment of the fiction, its cultural relevance, cinematic parallels, and criticism; highly recommended for undergraduate and research collections supporting film and popular culture.' J.R. Christopher, Choice, 2001'It's a pleasure to follow her journey from Joseph Conrad to James Ellroy, from Black Mask magazine to William Gibson Very inspiring is [her] attention to the links between literature and film throughout the book recommended as a handbook for anyone with a deeper interest in classic as well as modern crime fiction. Audiences of noir and neo-noir cinema are sure to find in it their favourite genre's sources of inspiration.' - Marcus Stiglegger, Paradoxa, 2001'The Noir Thriller marks another title in Palgraves "Crime Files" series, whose editorial philosophy is to offer "scholars, students and discerning readers a comprehensive set of guides to the world of crime and detective fiction", a philosophy Lee Horsley admirably meets with her readable, serious (though sometimes humorous) journey through noir streets and landscapes more varied than critics recognize.' - Anthony Bukoski, Studies in the Novel, 2002'A welcome scholarly project The Noir Thriller will stand for the foreseeable future as the one-volume scholarly handbook to the hardboiled/bleak/violent end of crime fiction The range and depth of her scholarship is impressive - not only does she know about more crime novels than anyone I know of, she knows more about what's been written about them.' - Crime Factory, The Australian Crime Fiction Magazine, 2002