Being this is the first time I’ve officially celebrated Noirvember, I decided to spotlight my Noir Firsts.
Frank Sinatra in a Blender
- Matthew McBride
- I first heard a portion of this book at my first ever Noir at the Bar at my first Bouchercon in 2011. (I think I may have met Jed for the first time at this event, but I was overwhelmed by everything so I’m not certain.) This book was also my first introduction to rural noir. Bad dudes, stolen money, drugs, and a sketchy ex-cop turned PI – what’s not to enjoy?
- Megan Abbott
- My first exposure to noir was the traditional novels and, let’s be honest, women were never portrayed in the best light. The one that ends with a naked woman being shoved off a roof while she’s engulfed in flames was not a favorite. Then I read Queenpin
and found that women could be just as powerful and dastardly as the men. A former mob lady takes a young woman under her wing and shows her how to run with the guys and get the big money. These women are not shrinking violets by any means.
- Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
- I saw this movie for the first time in college and hated it. I was going to school in Minnesota and no one I met at school spoke like that. The Minnesota’s own Coen brothers show us that even if people are nice to your face, there’s a darkness hiding just under the surface or even in a tan Oldsmobile Sierra.
- Billy Wilder
- I’ve been fortunate to see this film multiple times on the big screen. For me, this is the purest example of what noir means to me: desperate people making bad decisions. Sometimes a woman just wants out of her marriage so badly that she’ll do anything to make this desire a reality, even if it means shoving her husband off the back of a moving train.
Stanwyck sure played MacMurray for a sap.
has been a reviewer for Crimespree Magazine
and the Anthony nominated Writer Types
podcast. She and her husband Dan
edited the Anthony nominated anthology, Killing Malmon
, and the follow up anthology, Revenge of the Widow Malmon
. All proceeds from both collections go to the Upper Midwest Multiple Sclerosis Society.
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