Private Eye: Hard Boiled Noir Detective Fiction
These detective novels feature loner detectives unafraid of using fists or guns as well as brains to solve crimes. Often set in the gritty underside of a major city, the heroes move through a world overrun with crime and corruption. Despite the circumstances, they have a strong code of ethics that keeps them searching for truth and justice.
The Killing Man - Mickey Spillane
Call Number: FIC/SPI
Mike Hammer discovers a dead man sitting in his office chair and is off on an adventure involving a mysterious toolbox, a drug ring, two women, and the CIA. When Spillane's violent, relentless sleuth deals out justice, no one can stand in his way.
The Goodbye Look - Ross Macdonald
Call Number: MYS/MAC
A burglary investigation leads P.I. Lew Archer into a decades-old web of larceny, infidelity and murder. Macdonald's Archer novels have been described as "the greatest detective novels written by an American"
Bright Orange for the Shroud - John D. MacDonald
Call Number: MYS/MAC
“Salvage consultant” Travis McGee is a study in contrasts. Boat-bum, iconoclast, capable of both savagery and sentiment, "a cynic who knows that man is base and a romantic who wants to believe he isn't”.
The Professional - Robert B. Parker
Call Number: MYS/PAR
Parker’s tough, philosophical, wise-cracking Boston private investigator Spenser adheres to his code of honor in a dark world of blackmail, murder and betrayal.
Chicago Confidential - Max Allan Collins
Call Number: FIC/COL
In 1950, when a congressional investigation into organized crime sparks an all-out mob war that claims the life of his partner, private detective Nathan Heller returns to his native Chicago to find the killer.
Flood - Andrew H. Vachss
Call Number: FIC/VAC
The first of an acclaimed series of dark, violent novels featuring Burke, a private eye who specializes in rescuing children from predators—and avenging those he fails to save.
Neon Rain - James Lee Burke
Call Number: FIC/BUR
Due to his investigation into the death of a black girl, Vietnam vet Dave Robicheaux is disgraced and driven from the New Orleans police force. Battling personal demons, he struggles to uncover the truth.
The Black Lizard Big Book of Pulps
Call Number: MYS/BLA/SS
A massive collection of short stories in the classic "noir" crime genre. Included are stores by Hammett and Chandler, early works of Erle Stanley Gardner and tales by many other writers now forgotten.