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Initial post: Feb 12, 2013, 10:46:46 AM PST
Frank Tuttle says:
If you're a fan of film noir private eyes, then you already know the names Nero Wolfe, Archie Goodwin, and Rex Stout.

I've read (and re-read) all the Nero Wolfe books. I've also gotten hooked on Robert Goldsborough's modern continuation of the series
( The Bloodied Ivy (A Nero Wolfe Mystery), and others).

What world-weary gumshoes do you follow? I need more names!

Posted on Feb 12, 2013, 10:51:55 AM PST
Frank Tuttle says:
Here's the latest Goldsborough title:

Archie Meets Nero Wolfe: A Prequel to Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe Mysteries

Posted on Feb 12, 2013, 11:07:32 AM PST
I like to follow Charlie Parker in John Connolly's series. Not exactly crime-noir, but crime/dark fiction. This series is excellent without fail.

I recently read (well, listened to) my first Marlowe book by Raymond Chandler-Classic Chandler: Farewell My Lovely. I really enjoyed it (despite the language of the times) and am looking forward to reading more.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 12, 2013, 11:09:05 AM PST
Frank Tuttle says:
Charlene, my favorite Chandler is The Big Sleep.

The opening alone is worth the price.

Posted on Feb 12, 2013, 11:35:28 AM PST
Have you read the Liturgical Mysteries by Mark Schweizer? Not itself film noir but the main character is a Chandler fan and fancies himself a writer of hard-boiled fiction.

The Alto Wore Tweed (The Liturgical Mysteries)

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 12, 2013, 11:36:41 AM PST
Frank Tuttle says:
I have not read them, but it looks great, thanks!

Posted on Feb 12, 2013, 1:05:54 PM PST
K. R. says:
"What world-weary gumshoes do you follow? I need more names!"

You might take a look at some of the books in the Hard Case Crime series..

Hard Case Crime Series
http://www.amazon.com/wiki/Hard_Case_Crime

Posted on Feb 12, 2013, 1:55:03 PM PST
Pete Morin says:
I highly recommend Timothy Hallinan's awesome Junior Bender series, starting with Crashed (Junior Bender #1) (A Junior Bender Mystery).

Truly hilarious noir.

I also think Michael Hogan's Dog Hills is purdy darn special too.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 12, 2013, 1:58:07 PM PST
At least on the outskirts of the genre

Who In Hell Is Wanda Fuca? (A Leo Waterman Mystery)

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 12, 2013, 2:07:00 PM PST
Beth says:
I also read all the Ellery Queen books at the same point I was reading Rex Stout.

Posted on Feb 12, 2013, 2:08:19 PM PST
F Mundo says:
If you like Raymond Chandler, you might like Walter Mosley's Easy Rawlins 10-book series. It's the same Los Angeles and era in which Philip Marlowe worked, but it takes place on the side of town that Marlowe wouldn't dare go.

First book in the series Devil in a Blue Dress (Easy Rawlins Mysteries)

Posted on Feb 12, 2013, 2:08:49 PM PST
Goodness, the Dedicated Voting Fans are here already.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 12, 2013, 2:12:30 PM PST
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Beth says:
I second Mosley. James Lee Burke's Dave Robicheaux series is another good one.

eta Morning for Flamingos, A

Posted on Feb 12, 2013, 2:19:58 PM PST
Frank Tuttle says:
Great suggestions! So far the only series I've read has been James Lee Burke's. this will keep me reading for a while!

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 12, 2013, 2:46:40 PM PST
Cphe says:
Declan Burke

Slaughter's Hound (Harry Rigby Mystery) - ex PI
I quite enjoyed it - set in Ireland, Irish author

Posted on Feb 12, 2013, 2:55:49 PM PST
F Mundo says:
If you want the other two parts of the Holy Trinity of old-school hard-boiled LA detective fiction -- the first being Raymond Chandler -- then check out Dashiell Hammett and Ross Macdonald. You might've heard of his book The Maltese Falcon -- a classic.

Also James M. Cain's The Postman Always Rings Twice and Double Indemnity kick some serious butt.

Posted on Feb 12, 2013, 3:31:02 PM PST
Cphe says:
Baby Shark is the first book in the series

Texas noir - I loved these and they may be worth taking a look at.
Very well written and the characters were wonderful

Posted on Feb 12, 2013, 3:33:13 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Feb 12, 2013, 4:34:30 PM PST
K. R. says:
"You might've heard of his book The Maltese Falcon -- a classic."

I liked his 'The Thin Man' too...

The Thin Man

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 12, 2013, 4:39:28 PM PST
F Mundo says:
Definitely...The Dain Curse and The Glass Key...I love his work.

Posted on Feb 12, 2013, 4:42:33 PM PST
F Mundo says:
But my favorite noir writer (not detective) is Big Jim Thompson, who is Stephen King's favorite writer. His output is stunning:

Now and on Earth (1942)
Heed the Thunder (aka Sins of the Fathers) (1946)
Nothing More Than Murder (1949)
The Killer Inside Me (1952)
Cropper's Cabin (1952)
Recoil (1953)
The Alcoholics (1953)
Savage Night (1953)
Bad Boy (1953)
The Criminal (1953)
The Golden Gizmo (aka The Golden Sinner) (1954)
Roughneck (1954)
A Swell-Looking Babe (1954)
A Hell of a Woman (1954)
The Nothing Man (1954)
After Dark, My Sweet (1955)
The Kill-Off (1957)
Wild Town (1957)
The Getaway (1958)
The Transgressors (1961)
The Grifters (1963)
Pop. 1280 (1964)
Texas By the Tail (1965)
South of Heaven (1967)
Nothing But a Man (1970)
Child of Rage (1972)
King Blood (1973)
Jim Thompson Omnibus (1983) (republished in 1995)
Jim Thompson Omnibus 2 (1985) (republished in 1997)
Fireworks: The Lost Writings of Jim Thompson (1988)
The Rip-Off (1989)

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 12, 2013, 6:37:30 PM PST
luv2read says:
Haven't read the book -yet-, but the title is one of my favorites - and I don't even cuss. Wonder if anyone has ever started a thread on favorite titles...

Posted on Feb 12, 2013, 7:10:05 PM PST
Frank Tuttle says:
Thanks for the suggestions!

I'm going broke down here, but that's cool, because I have made some astounding new discoveries!

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 12, 2013, 7:39:27 PM PST
Frank Tuttle says:
Frank Mundo, that post took time to compose, and I thank you!

Posted on Feb 12, 2013, 8:39:01 PM PST
Marion Stein says:
I'm not a fan of Nero Wolf, Archie Goodwin or Rex Stout, but I was raised in a home where the name Lew Archer was sacred. Do I get to hang out?
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