I know it's not for everyone. It's not even for me sometimes. But when I want noir, I want great noir, whether it's a movie or a book.
For example, "Out of the Past" with Mitchum, Kirk Douglas, and the amazing Jane Greer, with Jacques Tourneur directing. Or "Gun Crazy" with John Dall and Peggy Cummins.
Or Megan Abbott's "Bury Me Deep" or Queenpin" or Christa Faust's "Money Shot," or anything by the amazing Sam Reaves.
Nominations, anyone? And what is noir, exactly, and what is it we like about it?