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NoirTexas
What is Noir ?
Noir--A Timeline
Film Noir
Authors
Bibliographies
Grading & Editions
Our Books For Sale
News
Links

 

Who We Are

Rita HayworthWhile we sell fiction of all genres and nonfiction on all subjects, my special area of interest is noir fiction.  Noir, pronounced 'nwahr', is the French word for black.  The noir protagonist struggles to survive in a crazy-house labyrinth of a universe, beyond any understanding or control.  It is a world of dark alleys, wet pavement, concrete edifices looming like prisons.  A world of dusty, rural back-roads, where the sun is relentless in the day, and the nights are moonless voids.  A world populated by platinum blondes with hearts like railroad steel, and cackling, giggling psychopaths with no hearts at all.  If there is a hero, his or her task is like that of Sisyphus--fighting unbeatable odds, because it's the only game in town.  When you play the black, the red comes up.  There is no exit.  Even death is not an alibi.  The only hope is for the big sleep, but then, perchance, to dream.  To dream of nightmare alleys.

Writers like Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler and James M. Cain sired this bastard child of American Realism, and were soon followed by Horace McCoy, Cornell Woolrich, David Goodis, Charles Willeford and Jim Thompson.  Modern writers like James Ellroy and Andrew Vachss are keeping the style alive.

These writers also inspired the cinematic version of the style, known as film noir.  During the classic period of film noir, hundreds of movies were produced, starting with The Maltese Falcon in 1941, and ending with the Orson Welles' classic Touch of Evil in 1959.  But like the fiction, the film style endures--Chinatown, Body Heat, Blood Simple and L.A. Confidential are just a few examples of neo-noir film classics.

Thus, NoirTexas.  And if you don't believe that Texas is a suitable setting for a roman noir, just read the Jim Thompson classic Pop. 1280.  Critics seldom agree on the delineations or definitions of a genre.  But  whether you call it noir, hardboiled, or pulp fiction--these are the books and the writers that have me hooked.  Like any addiction, you won't necessarily find comfort here--just as likely cold-chills, night-sweats and fever dreams.  But I hope this web site serves as an introduction to our business, and as a useful resource for those, like me, who are drawn to the dark world of noir.

Mike Cable

August 5, 2001

 

Purveyors of Fine, Rare, Out-of-Print & Collectible Books

Established in the Year 2000 A.D.

Michael P. Cable & Camille D. Parrish -- Proprietors

Serving bibliophiles worldwide via the Internet from Abilene, Texas

 

 

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1835 South 10th Street, Abilene, Texas, 79602
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