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Noir Genre Definition – What’s the best definition for the noir genre? Books in the noir genre are made up of stories that contain elements of crime, eroticism, cynicism, moral ambiguity, cruelty, strangeness, and fatalism. The stories are often set in remote areas in urban, rural, and/or out of the way settings or non-distinct settings, like the open road. Noir genre books may or may not include a private eye, detective, or femme fatale. The stories often have an elusive phenomenon or have something that’s just out of reach of the main characters.

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noir genre definition book coverNoir Genre Definition – Examples

Review this list of popular examples to help you get a better understanding of the noir fiction genre.

1. Already Dead by Charlie Huston

2. Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan

3. American Tabloid by James Ellroy

4. Double Indemnity by James M. Cain

5. Farewell, My Lovely by Raymond Chandler

6. L.A. Confidential by James Ellroy

7. Mildred Pierce by James M. Cain

8. Red Harvest by Dashiell Hammett

9. Sin City, Vol. 1: The Hard Goodbye by Frank Miller

10. The Big Nowhere by James Ellroy

11. The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler

12. The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy

13. The Elephant Tree by R.D. Ronald

14. The Glass Key by Dashiell Hammett

15. The Grifters by Jim Thompson

16. The High Window by Raymond Chandler

17. The Hunter by Richard Stark

18. The Killer Inside Me by Jim Thompson

19. The Lady in the Lake by Raymond Chandler

20. The Little Sister by Raymond Chandler

21. The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler

22. The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett

23. The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain

24. The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett

25. The Zombie Room by R.D. Ronald

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Noir Genre Definition – Related Book Genres

* Crime Fiction Genre

* Detective Fiction Genre Definition

* Erotic Fiction Genre

* Horror Genre Definition

* Suspense Genre Definition

* Thriller Genre Definition

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