Irish Noir in 75 Dates

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Banville, Vincent Death by design Wolfhound Press 1994
McEldowney, Eugene  A Kind of Homecoming   Heinemann 1994
McNamee, Eoin Resurrection Man Picador 1994
Banville, Vincent Death the Pale Rider   Poolbeg 1995
Bateman, Colin Divorcing Jack  Harper Collins 1995  Betty Trask Prize

There are countless examples of Irish Crime Fiction troughout the 20th Century. Admittedly, in some cases the links between  a given  Crime  author and Ireland might be missed, or are by now forgotten. The prolific George A. Birmingham, for example  (James Owen Hannay, 1865 – 1950) was a Belfast born Church of Ireland clergyman. Some Irish authors rank amongst the most celebrated representatives of the Golden Age of Detective Fiction, like the Dublin born Freeman Wills Crofts (1879-1957). Nicholas Blake (Cecil Day-Lewis, 1904-1972) is another famous Ireland born  author of Britsh Mystery novels.The “noir” genre however starts in Ireland much later. For the most part it only began 20 years ago.

 It is tempting, and certainly justified to see a noir mood in landmark works such as Odd Man Out (Michael Joseph, 1945) by Belfast based author Frederick Laurence Green (1902–1953). Its 1947 adaptation by Carol Reed is classic film noir.  And one could, too, list a number of forerunners to Irish Noir, starting with Rearden Conner’s violent novel Shake Hands with the Devil (London, Dent 1933, also a 1959 movie with James Cagney). However, if we want to locate  Irish Noir as a literary and mass market phenomenon, the following works constitute milestones in its current development.  The list is far from being exhaustive and the production of Irish Noir novels keeps expanding, amounting already to several hundred volumes.

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Banville, Vincent Death by design Wolfhound Press 1994
McEldowney, Eugene  A Kind of Homecoming   Heinemann 1994
McNamee, Eoin Resurrection Man Picador 1994
Banville, Vincent Death the Pale Rider   Poolbeg 1995
Bateman, Colin Divorcing Jack  Harper Collins 1995  Betty Trask Prize
Bruen, Ken Rilke on Black  Serpent’s Tail 1996
Bruen, Ken The Hackman Blues  Do-Not Press 1997
Charles, Paul I Love the Sound of Breaking Glass Do-Not Press 1997
McEldowney, Eugene Murder at Piper’s Gut  Heinemann 1997
Connolly, John Every Dead Thing  Hodder & Stoughton 1999  Shamus Award (Best First P.I. Novel)
Bruen, Ken The McDead  Do-Not Press 2000
Smyth, Seamus Quinn Flame 2000
Bateman, Colin Shooting Sean  Harper Collins 2001
Bruen, Ken The Guards  Mount Eagle Publications 2001  2004 Shamus Award for Best Novel; Finalist 2004 Edgar Award for Best Mystery Novel; Finalist 2004 Macavity Award for Best Novel
Connolly, John The Killing Kind  Hodder & Stoughton 2001
Banville, Vincent Cannon Law New Island Books 2002
Bruen, Ken The Killing of the Tinkers  Brandon 2002  2005 Macavity Award for Best Novel; Finalist 2005 Anthony Award for Best Novel
Bruen, Ken Blitz  Do-Not Press 2002
Connolly, John The White Road  Hodder & Stoughton 2002 Winner: 2003 Barry Award (Best British Crime Novel),
Bruen, Ken The Magdalen Martyrs  Brandon 2003
Bruen, Ken Vixen  Do-Not Press 2003
Burke, Declan Eightball Boogie  Sitric Books 2003
McKinty, Adrian  Dead I Well May Be  Scribner 2003
McNamee, Eoin The Blue Tango Ulverscroft 2003
Millar, Sam Dark Souls Wynkin de Worde 2003
Millar, Sam On The Brinks Wynkin de Worde 2003
Bruen, Ken The Dramatist  Brandon 2004  2007 Shamus Award for Best Novel
McNamee, Eoin The Ultras Faber 2004
Kerrigan, Gene  Little Criminals  Random House 2005
McKinty, Adrian  Hidden River  Scribner 2005
Millar, Cormac An Irish Solution Penguin 2005
Millar, Sam The Redemption Factory Brandon 2005
Black, Benjamin Christine Falls  Henry Holt and Company 2006
Hughes, Declan The Wrong Kind of Blood  John Murray 2006
Millar, Sam The Darkness of Bones Brandon 2006
French, Tana In the Woods  Hodder & Stoughton, 2007 2008 Edgar Award for Best First Novel; 2008 Anthony Award, Best First Novel; 2008 Macavity Award, Best First Mystery; 2008 Barry Award
Kerrigan, Gene  The Midnight Choir  Vintage 2007
Mc Gilloway, Brian Borderlands Pan McMillan 2007
McKinty, Adrian  The Bloomsday Dead  Scribner 2007
Mc Gilloway, Brian Gallows Lane Pan McMillan 2008
Bateman, Colin Mystery Man  Headline 2009
Glynn , Alan Winterland  Faber & Faber 2009
Hughes, Declan All the Dead Voices  John Murray 2009
Kerrigan, Gene  Dark Times in the City  Harvill Secker 2009
Mc Gilloway, Brian Bleed a River Deep Pan McMillan 2009
Neville, Stuart The Twelve  Harvill Secker 2009  Los Angeles Times Book Prize in April 2010;  2010 Spinetingler Awards
Black, Benjamin Elegy for April  Henry Holt and Company 2010
Bruen, Ken The Devil  Transworld Ireland 2010
McCarthy, Kevin Peeler Mercier Press 2010
McNamee, Eoin Orchid Blue Faber 2010
Black, Benjamin A Death in Summer  Henry Holt and Company 2011
Brennan, Gerard The Point Pulp Press 2011
Brennan, Gerard (ed) Requiems for the Departed Create Space 2011 2011 Spinetingler Award for best anthology.
Glynn , Alan  Bloodland  Faber & Faber 2011 Irish Book Award
Kerrigan, Gene  The Rage  Harvill Secker 2011 Gold Dagger for the best crime novel 2012
Mc Gilloway, Brian Little Girl lost Pan McMillan 2011
Mullan, Pat Last days of the tiger Athry House Books 2011
Burke, Declan (Ed) Down these Green Streets Liberties Press 2011
French, Tana Broken Harbour  Hodder & Stoughton, 2012 Irish Book Award, Irish Crime Fiction Award ;  Los Angeles Times Book Prize
Mc Gilloway, Brian  The Nameless Dead Pan McMillan 2012
McKinty, Adrian   The Cold Cold Ground  Serpents Tail in the UK/Seventh Street Books in the US 2012
Neville, Stuart Stolen Souls  Harvill Secker 2012
Black, Benjamin  Holy Orders  Henry Holt and Company 2013
Glynn , Alan Graveland  Faber & Faber 2013
McCarthy, Kevin Irregulars New Island Books 2013
McKinty, Adrian I Hear The Sirens in the Street  Serpents Tail in the UK/Seventh Street Books in the US 2013
McManus, Darragh The Polka Dot Girl Roundfire 2013
Quinn, Anthony Border Angels Mysterious Press 2013
Black, Benjamin The Black-Eyed Blonde, a Phillip Marlowe novel  ISIS 2014
Brady, Conor The Eloquence of the Dead New Island Books 2014
Connolly, John The Wolf in Winter  Hodder & Stoughton 2014
McKinty, Adrian In The Morning I’ll Be Gone  Serpents Tail in the UK/Seventh Street Books in the US 2014
McKinty, Adrian, with Stuart Neville Belfast Noir  2014  Akashic 2014
McNamee, Eoin Blue is the night Faber & Faber 2014
Quinn, Anthony The Blood dimmed tide No Exit Press 2014
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