The Noir Thriller

  • Lee Horsley

Part of the Crime Files Series book series (CF)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction

    1. Lee Horsley
      Pages 1-13
  3. 1920–45

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-21
    2. Lee Horsley
      Pages 23-44
    3. Lee Horsley
      Pages 67-87
  4. 1945–70

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 89-101
    2. Lee Horsley
      Pages 103-124
    3. Lee Horsley
      Pages 125-152
    4. Lee Horsley
      Pages 153-182
  5. 1970–2009

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 183-195
    2. Lee Horsley
      Pages 197-227
    3. Lee Horsley
      Pages 228-250
    4. Lee Horsley
      Pages 251-271
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 272-329

About this book


What is literary noir? How do British and American noir thrillers relate to their historical contexts? In considering such questions, this study ranges over hundreds of novels, analysing the politics and poetics of noir from the hard-boiled fiction of Hammett, Chandler and Cain to the exciting diversity of nineties thrillers, with sections on the tough investigators, gangsters and victims of the Depression years: the first-person killers, femmes fatales and black protagonists of mid-century; the game-players, voyeurs and consumers of contemporary thrillers and future noir.


America fiction novel

Authors and affiliations

  • Lee Horsley
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of English & Creative WritingLancaster UniversityUK

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