Patricia Highsmith's The Talented Mr. Ripley is the source for René Clément's bristling Purple Noon, a movie that features Alain Delon's quintessential performance. David Goodis's Down There inspired François Truffaut's neo-noir masterpiece Shoot the Piano Player. Jim Thompson, the brilliant author who scripted The Killing and Paths of Glory for Stanley Kubrick, wrote several novels that have been turned into movies, including The Grifters and The Getaway. He is represented here by one of his most uncompromising works, The Killer Inside Me, which was filmed by Burt Kennedy in 1976. Charles Willeford's Pick-Up and Chester Himes's The Real Cool Killers have not yet been made into movies, but the blistering prose and nihilistic worlds of these authors, and of all the writers represented in this volume, is astonishingly cinematic. This lovely hardcover edition contains biographical, textual, and explanatory notes.
These novels are interesting because, while they are not the same as modern crime novels, you can see where they influenced what came later.Published 6 months ago by S. Gordon
The books published in the Library of America series have the goal of capturing American writing and the American experience in all its variety. Read morePublished on August 6, 2012 by Robin Friedman
The Library of America has several interesting compilations of Noir novels. I had read Himes' Real Cool Killers separately and also have just watched his "Cotton Comes to Harlem"... Read morePublished on December 12, 2008 by Richard J. Sloan
The stories in the book should each be taken singularly. The writing itself is pure nostalgia. You should be warned: if you're easily offended by racial slurs - this book may... Read morePublished on December 26, 2007 by L. M. PASCUAL
In this area of noir, I suggest starting with Raymond Chandler. If you've whipped through his books, like me recently, as well as those of Micky Spillane and Dashiell Hammett,... Read morePublished on November 29, 2007 by RaDadIndy
The other reviewers misunderstand "Pick Up", (****warning -- spoiler****) which is a fascinating novel because the narrator is mentally disturbed and completely unreliable. Read morePublished on January 7, 2007 by Berlioz