Noir. Worldwide Noir.

In the wake of watching the entire 5-season run of The Wire in less than 2 months
flat—during the period of withdrawal—I diagnosed for myself the Reading of Noir.
(Guys, there’s a whole series of this stuff!)   
I started with DC Noir,
for two reasons. No, three.
1. George Pelecanos edited it, and he’s a producer and writer on The Wire. Also, he’s a big-name mystery
author I’d never read and wanted to.
2. Washington,
DC, baby!
3. It was available as an eBook, and I’m making a last-ditch
effort to redeem myself in the eBook reading challenge. (Can she read 5 more eBooks by year’s end? CAN SHE?)
And man, I had a moment of complete and total bliss when I began
reading this book, sitting at a café in front of a fireplace with my Nook and a
mocha. And the book was all noir-y and grim, and horrid things happened to the
characters, and/or they did horrid things to others, and I was oh-so-happy. And
some of these things were happening in DC places I’ve visited, so that made it even better.
Next, I read Boston Noir—edited by my very own favorite
Dennis Lehane. And dear Dennis, I’m sorry, but I liked your buddy’s (edited)
book better. There was something about the stories in DC Noir that just had that certain je ne sais quoi. And some of
them had some killer plot twists.
Next up: Baltimore Noir. I’ve never been there, but
that’s where The Wire’s set, so I’ve
seen it on TV. And Baltimore’s
the world I’m missing during the withdrawal phase from all that TV watching.
Normally I’m not too much of a short story reader, but these
really work for me. Though I find that I’m only interested in the books set in
places I find interesting. (Last Vegas
? Naaaa-uhhhh.)
My other withdrawal remedy: Reading
Blue Blood by Edward Conlon

2 thoughts on “Noir. Worldwide Noir.

  1. I read George Pelacanos' The Night Gardener and definitely one of its pleasures was recognizing locations within the D.C. metro area. One location I lived within walking distance of at one point.

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