thegirlwhowasthursday asked: Your Tumblr has been an eye opener for me - I've been working my though Chandler et al. and am nearing the end of authors suggested in an earlier post written by you. I was wondering though if you had come across any authors who are basing their noir in the 90's upwards? I would be interested if the genre translates well.
I’m delighted to hear that you’ve taken my suggestions, and I’d be very curious to know which authors you’ve read and what you thought of them. That might help me extrapolate your preferences to more recent hardboiled/noir fiction. (And there is a difference between the two terms, as I’ve discussed previously.)
Dennis Lehane has written excellent hardboiled (The Kenzie-Gennaro novels) and noir (Mystic River) fiction recently. Walter Mosley is most famous for his Easy Rawlins series, which traces the African American detective from 1948 to 1967. But his more recent Leonid McGill novels have a contemporary setting. Hard Case Crime publishes a mixture of reprints and original novels. Some of the original novels are period pieces, but some have modern settings.
George Pelecanos’ crime novels are very good. And Elmore Leonard has written a number of good novels since the Nineties started more than twenty years ago.
I often focus on the classics here on this blog, but I review recent crime fiction at Crime Fiction Lover. My reviews there may be of some utility. My ask box is, of course, always open. And, as always, I invite feedback from readers. What did I leave out? What would you recommend, tumblchums?