The list author says: "Check out the writers and novels to find some of the best modern day crime novels, influenced by the best classical noir, and yet taking the field in a whole new direction. Moody, action-packed, bloody, invigorating, original, intense, and heavily involving."
"Sequel to Piccirilli's ace crime novel THE COLD SPOT. Getaway driver Chase is adrift in the underworld after the murder of his police officer wife. Now he's chauffeuring for a lady mob boss as he plans to score the syndicate itself. He needs the cash to chase down his stone cold killer grandfather Jonah in an effort to save Jonah's infant daughter."
"A dark crime novel that whips along in a lean, mean refrain of action. Poignant, moving, and muscular, the story reads so authentically that it feels like Piccirilli (like Derek Raymond) has lived a part of his life among career criminals. But Piccirilli brings humor and thoughtful interludes between the violence. One of the very best modern neo-noirs you're likely to find."
"Another stand-out novel by the master of mood Ken Bruen. This is a mixture cop novel/serial killer novel that gets into the heads of its very dysfunctional cast and builds an incredible amount of tension as we watch the narrative head for an action-packed, blood-soaked finale."
"A total b**ls to the wall bloodfest about two battling families with revenge on their minds. One of the goriest crime novels you'll probably ever read, but it's grounded in the fundamentals of noir. Guthrie never lets up for an instant, and you wouldn't want him to anyway."
"As with his earlier novel THE BLONDE, Swierczynski loves to go up to the boundary between genres, dipping his toe onto the other side. This one is an all-out actioner that features elements from crime, thriller, suspense, and super spy adventure. Bleak, mean, and relentless. You'll love it, you sick b*stard."
"Latest in Ken Bruen's Jack Taylor series, this one takes Jack into even deeper and darker territory than before (and man, that is seriously saying something). Complex, brutal, hearrending, and with a touch of grace, you just can't do any better than Bruen."
"You have just go to hand it to somebody who's got the cajones to title his book DONKEY PUNCH! HA! Cal Innes takes an easy job to escort a young boxer to America. Of course, it ain't easy at all. Banks is a poet of the mean streets, who puts his hero through the wringer and then stuffs him in again."
"A terrific period noir road aventure novel (with skulls in the trunk), McDonald gives us nods in every crime direction, from Hemingway to Orson Welles to pulp and western fiction of every sort. A rough and tumble fusion of everything you're likely to dig."
"Another cross-genre masterpiece from Jack O'Connell, this one is the powerful and totally trippy story of a father seeking help for his comatose son at an institute where all kinds of oddities abound. Prepare yourself, kids, here there be comic book fetishes, cults, and circus freaks!"
"A combination coming of age story and full-blown neo-noir as we follow a group of teens as they cross over from minor shenanigan crimes to hitting the bigtime when they ripoff some local meth dealers. Huston knows how to write with authenticity, honesty, and ripsnorter meanness."
"Bruen & Starr are excellent writers on their own, but together they've created a hilarious and viciously dark series following crime mogul Max and his Irish girlfriend Angela as they con and cheat each other and just about anybody else they can find."
"Grab this one now. Soon to be a major motion picture. Sallis' short punchy vicious little novel packs a wallop like nobody's business. A stunt driver moonlights as a getaway man, and brother, do things get wild. Sallis not only knows how to write a fatfree story, but this one is carved right to the bone. Gripping, haunting, bloody, it's everything you want."