Thursday, May 3, 2012

Country Noir

I have a soft spot for country noir - dark rural tales.  I was delighted then to be directed to Bill Ott's 'Hardboiled Gazetteer to Country Noir' published in this month's Booklist.  It provides short reviews of 23 books that fit within the subgenre, listed in relation to the geographic location in which they're set.  I can see myself tracking down a fair few books reviewed over the next year or so.  One thing that's striking about the list is that every book is set in the US, bar one (set in Canada).  Is country noir exclusively a North American subgenre?  Can anyone recommend non-US country noir (and I do mean noir and not simply rural crime novels)?

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