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The Noir Thriller (Crime Files) Paperback – 27 Aug 2009

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  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; 2 edition (27 Aug. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230218865
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230218864
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 929,187 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Within her constantly original overall argument, Lee Horsley gives or implies a fresh, carefully nuanced reading of each of the hundreds of books and many films she touches on. This study of the twentieth-century thriller in all of its darker manifestations is from now on indispensable.' - Martin Priestman, Roehampton University, UK
 
'An event to delight the heart and invigorate the mind of every fan of crime fiction and every scholar of modernism's sensational "dark side". Lee Horsley brings noir into the twenty-first century with panoramic aplomb, dexterity, and rigour, in a new edition every bit as accessible, erudite, witty and informed as the original.' - Charles Rzepka, Boston University, USA
 
'Unmatched in its scope, its concision, and the acuity of its readings, The Noir Thriller is indispensable. Horsley captures the rich variety of noir fiction like no other critic and in doing so gives this transatlantic, transgeneric tradition of writing the status it deserves.' - David Schmid, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, USA

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An updated edition of this groundbreaking study of British and American literary noir, including new material on the 21st-century noir thriller

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By Christopher H TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 31 Aug. 2014
Format: Paperback
The title suggests this book is largely about hard-boiled thrillers, although the author casts an extremely wide net to include many crime novels of the early to mid 20th century. And what she reveals is facinating in plotting out themes, undercurrents and character types across darker crime fiction. I did enjoy immensely what the study had to say about the works of key writers like Eric Ambler, David Goodis, Graham Greene and Horace McCoy.

Dr Horsley knows her material well, and seems to have an exhaustive knowledge of a great many thrillers; but her arguments can sometimes hinge on obscure and out-of-print pulp stories that one cannot obtain. What she writes may be true and insightful, although you can't get many of the novels to savour what she is talking about. It should also be added that this wordy study is very much intended for an academic readership. It is heavily slanted to detect subtleties of cultural- and gender- politics in crime writing, weaving a dense texture of ideological and narratological claim and counter-claim.

So at points a difficult work to get into: perhaps, you need to be in a certain frame of mind to absorb these points. It is also quite expensive.
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Why so expensive? 3 April 2005
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Format: Hardcover
How does a book published only a few years ago, and so widely admired, become scarce enough to have its price jacked up up to the ceiling? And why no paperback?
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