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Great 1930s & 1940s Reads

James Davis
 
The Thin Man (Essential Penguin)
The Thin Man (Essential Penguin)
"Nick and Nora, plus Aster  - a great martini soaked crime caper!"
Epitaph for a Spy
Epitaph for a Spy
"Ambler's books are great, real sense of place in time and this one's a cracker."
Noho
Noho
"From Soho's drinking dives and jazz dens to The Savoy in this 1930s period thriller"
The Thirty-Nine Steps (Penguin Classics)
The Thirty-Nine Steps (Penguin Classics)
"Britain pre WW11 and the tension of the time is captured brilliantly."
The Berlin Novels
The Berlin Novels
"Berlin's 1930s cabaret days from someone that was there."
Carrol Gibbons Calls the Tunes
Carrol Gibbons Calls the Tunes
"Not a book, but Carroll Gibbons and the Savoy Orpheans with great tunes from the era."
Gilda [DVD]
Gilda [DVD]
"Rita Hayworth at her best in one of the greatest noir films of the genre."
Full Dark House: (Bryant & May Book 1)
Full Dark House: (Bryant & May Book 1)
"Blitz detectives in a thrilling read."
Berlin Noir ('March Violets', 'The Pale Criminal' and 'A German Requiem') (Penguin Crime/Mystery)
Berlin Noir ('March Violets', 'The Pale Criminal' and 'A German Requiem') (Penguin Crime/Mystery)
"Great sense of time, place, pace and drama."
Stratton's War
Stratton's War
"Murder and espionage mingle in London."
The Black Dahlia
The Black Dahlia
"Read the book, see the movie. Enjoy."
The Postman Always Rings Twice
The Postman Always Rings Twice
"Scandalous at the time of publication and still holds the power to shock."
The Big Sleep: A Philip Marlowe Mystery (Penguin Fiction)
The Big Sleep: A Philip Marlowe Mystery (Penguin Fiction)
"A classic. Period."
Vile Bodies (Penguin Modern Classics)
Vile Bodies (Penguin Modern Classics)
"Farcical brilliance by a master."
Atonement
Atonement
"Just a great book and a great film."
Uncommon Danger (Penguin Modern Classics)
Uncommon Danger (Penguin Modern Classics)
"Another brilliant book from Ambler, a journalist smuggles an envelope over the Austrian border with dire consequences."