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Welcome to Hard-boiled and Noir Mysteries

The difference between Hard-boiled and Noir Mysteries is subtle: both feature violence, sex and have a rough and gritty tone.  Hard-boiled mysteries usually focus on a Private Eye or a loner, ex-cop, while Noir Mysteries focus on the criminal or the victim.

Genre Giants

  • Lawrence Block
  • James Lee Burke
  • Raymond Chandler
  • Max Allan Collins
  • Michael Connelly
  • Robert Crais
  • Dashiell Hammett
  • Faye Kellerman
  • Jonathan Kellerman
  • Denis Lehane
  • Elmore Leonard
  • Ed McBain
  • Robert B. Parker
  • Ridley Pearson
  • Bill Pronzini
  • Mickey Spillane
  • Minette Walters

Hard-Boiled and Noir Picks