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Old 02-19-2013, 04:32 AM   #1
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Question Genre for older American Thrillers

Trying to sort some of my ebooks into folders
But can't think of the name for older American Thrillers eg John d MacDonald.
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Old 02-19-2013, 04:37 AM   #2
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"Noir", perhaps? That's the only one that springs to mind.
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Old 02-19-2013, 04:42 AM   #3
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"Noir", perhaps? That's the only one that springs to mind.
That was quick lol
Wondered about that but thought it was for movies.
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Old 02-19-2013, 04:45 AM   #4
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No, it's used for books, too. Typically for the type of detective novel in which the detective is a world-weary, hard-bitten, character, who has to live as much by his fists as by his brains. Raymond Chandler is the architypal "Noir" detective author, but it would be equally appropriate to John D. MacDonald's Travis McGee.

EDIT: Some people use the expression "hard boiled" detective novels for this genre.

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No, it's used for books, too. Typically for the type of detective novel in which the detective is a world-weary, hard-bitten, character, who has to live as much by his fists as by his brains. Raymond Chandler is the architypal "Noir" detective author, but it would be equally appropriate to John D. MacDonald's Travis McGee.

EDIT: Some people use the expression "hard boiled" detective novels for this genre.
I see well thanks
Any thoughts on my list so far?
Just getting so many books I need to be able to find them.
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For your collections you can have categories that are not universally recognized. I like mystery/detective books written in the 50's through the mid-seventies. There isn't a special name for that so I would make one up.
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For your collections you can have categories that are not universally recognized. I like mystery/detective books written in the 50's through the mid-seventies. There isn't a special name for that so I would make one up.
Yes am searching for names easy to remember lol
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I go with 'Pulp' for these titles.

Pulp.Gumshoe
Pulp.Copper
Pulp.Heist
Pulp.Noir
Pulp.FemmeFatale

and so forth. Jim Thompson gets his own tag :]

Off topic, but since you like the genre, have you tried any of the books from Hard Case Crime? They have re-published some interesting and out of print titles.
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I go with 'Pulp' for these titles.

Pulp.Gumshoe
Pulp.Copper
Pulp.Heist
Pulp.Noir
Pulp.FemmeFatale

and so forth. Jim Thompson gets his own tag :]

Off topic, but since you like the genre, have you tried any of the books from Hard Case Crime? They have re-published some interesting and out of print titles.
Sounds good to me
Lots of my ebooks are in Calibre
But the other ones I am trying to just file away as I get them in some sort of order to make it easier when I get round to reading And have forgotten what they are lol

Will look at the website
Have been looking for Dell Shannon Mendoza series But hard to find in ebooks.

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There is now a large collection of noir short stories named after cities or regions, famous, and otherwise. Manhattan Noir has two editions, there is a Long Island Noir, a Kingston Noir, Moscow Noir, etc. While technically Manhattan is a borough, and Long Island consists of part of NYC and two counties, the idea is to collect stories by authors who have been affiliated with the places either physically or in spirit. Noir is chic, but really it's a state of mind that transcends time. Noir in film is different since it emphasizes shadows, but there are those who would argue that Tod Browning used this device in horror films. There may be nothing new under the sun or moon, but intellectuals like labels. There has always been a dark side to human nature, and those fascinated by the subject no longer need to feel ashamed. Welcome to the dark side, brother.

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