American Noir by Barry Forshaw
The Pocket Essential Guide to US Crime Fiction, Film & TV (Pocket Essential series)

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Some entries are no more than a paragraph, too short to say much. But Forshaw is immensely knowledgeable about the field and is always worth reading. A hugely entertaining guide that demonstrates the breadth and vitality of the genre in the US.
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The word "Noir" is used here in its loosest sense: every major living American writer is considered (including the giants Harlan Coben, Patricia Cornwell, James Lee Burke, James Ellroy and Sara Paretsky, as well as non-crime writers such as Stephen King who stray into the genre), often through a concentration on one or two key books. Many exciting new talents are highlighted, and Barry Forshaw’s knowledge of—and personal acquaintance with—many of the writers grants valuable insights into this massively popular field. But the crime genre is as much about films and TV as it is about books, and this book is a celebration of the former as well as the latter. American television crime drama in particular is enjoying a new golden age, and all of the important current series are covered here, as well as key important recent films.
 

About Barry Forshaw

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Barry Forshaw is the author of Brit Noir, Euro Noir, Nordic Noir, The Rough Guide to Crime Fiction, and The Man Who Left Too Soon. He edits Crime Time and is former Vice Chair of the Crime Writers’ Association.
 
Published April 27, 2017 by Pocket Essentials. 224 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by PD Smith on May 12 2017

Some entries are no more than a paragraph, too short to say much. But Forshaw is immensely knowledgeable about the field and is always worth reading. A hugely entertaining guide that demonstrates the breadth and vitality of the genre in the US.

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