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Saturday, May 23, 2009

Another Recommendation Request

I'm shamelessly using this blog as a source of recommendations again. I find myself with the urge to read something noir-ish or detective-y and am at a loss. You guys usually have good taste, so I figured I'd ask for some tips. :-)

So any recommendations?

14 Comments:

  • At May 23, 2009 4:23 PM, OpenID bookslide said…

    Comics or otherwise?

     
  • At May 23, 2009 4:37 PM, Blogger kalinara said…

    Any! :-)

     
  • At May 23, 2009 7:41 PM, Blogger Canton said…

    Maze Agency, if you can track it down? I've only read one issue, honestly, but that one was very enjoyable. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maze_Agency

     
  • At May 23, 2009 8:25 PM, Blogger LurkerWithout said…

    Can't go wrong with some classic Raymond Chandler. Say "The Long Goodbye". I'm also a fan of Steve Hamilton, Robert Parker (lots of lots of books by this guy) or for light "popcorn" type reading Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum books. Though only the numbers in the titles ones. The others suck and are rumored to be ghost written...

    In comics of course you've got most everything Brubaker writes that isn't in space. Even his Cap run has a lot of noir/mystery elements to it...

     
  • At May 24, 2009 12:06 AM, Blogger LJ said…

    The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher, if you've never read it. They translated to graphic novels delightfully well, if that tells you anything. They're about the only wizard in the phone book in modern-day Chicago, but they're all in a Bogeysque first person.

     
  • At May 24, 2009 1:35 AM, Blogger Ununnilium said…

    Darnit, I was gonna recommend Dresden Files.

     
  • At May 24, 2009 2:03 AM, OpenID Aridawnia said…

    When in doubt, go with the classics. I recommend anything by Margery Allingham or Rex Stout.

     
  • At May 24, 2009 2:31 AM, Anonymous heckblazer said…

    For some more classic novels there's Red Harvest by Dashiell Hammett, or if you want something really bleak (but often blackly funny) there's Jim Thompson's The Killer Inside Me and Pop. 1280.

    Like Brubaker, Brian Michael Bendis also does a lot of noir-type stuff. Of the titles of his I've read I'd recommend Torso and Alias and/orThe Pulse.

     
  • At May 24, 2009 1:28 PM, Blogger SallyP said…

    Well, they are the opposite from noirish, but for a good detective yarn, have you ever read any of Tony Hillerman's books, the ones set on the Navajo reservation, with Joe Leaphorn or Jim Chee? Robert Redford did several very nice movies that actually matched the plots pretty well, but I do like the books the best. Lots of fun,and all kinds of cool stuff about Navajo history and religion and some great characters.

     
  • At May 24, 2009 2:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I'm with LurkerWithout on Robert Parker (Spenser) and Janet Evanovich (Stephanie Plum). And of course Jim Butcher (Dresden Files) for hey-you-got-fantasy-in-my-noir goodness.

    -- Jack of Spades

     
  • At May 25, 2009 1:06 AM, OpenID bookslide said…

    I liked the Dresden Files and thought of it first. Agreeing also with Brubaker and Bendis's Alias if you haven't read it.

    One of my favorite profs from undergrad teaches a class in detective fiction. Here's a chunk of her syllabus:

    Edgar Allan Poe, “Murders in the Rue Morgue,” “The Mystery of Marie Roget,” “The Purloined Letter”
    Arthur Conan Doyle, The Complete Sherlock Holmes
    Agatha Christie, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, The Complete Stories: Miss Marple
    Raymond Chandler, The Big Sleep
    Walter Mosley, Black Betty
    Sara Paretsky, Guardian Angel
    Tony Hillerman, Thief of Time
    Patricia Highsmith, The Talented Mr. Ripley
    Paul Auster, City of Glass

     
  • At May 25, 2009 6:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Michael Chabon's latest-

    The Yiddish Policeman's Union

    I was really surprised how well it hang together as both a well-written novel and as a noir-mystery.

     
  • At May 25, 2009 4:17 PM, Blogger James Ashelford said…

    Janet Evanovich is hilarious. I also recommend Sue Grafton's Alphabet series as well as my personal favourites: SJ Rozan's Bill Smith and Lydia Chin mysteries, particularly China Trade and A Bitter Feast

     
  • At May 26, 2009 12:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Ditto on "City of Glass" and I'd say "Little Sister" Chandler's novel is graphic novelized by Micheal Lark. Old school and good...

    -e

     

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