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Paperbacks Femmes fatales : Legends of fearsome agency and terrifying sexual power

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Raymond Armstrong, The Sinister Widow, J. Long (1951)

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Marriage Noir, illustrated

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In the same way as Film Noir represents the “dark side of the screen”, the noir novel, a 20th century heir to Emile Zola’s naturalism, offers a dark brand of literary realism. Where noir cinema is the nightmare to Hollywood’s dream industry, noir paperbacks can be seen as an inverted mirror to Harlequin romances. Continue reading

Crime Fiction Series in Sweden before the invention of Nordic Noir

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(With thanks to Kerstin Bergman)

Regarded as the “father of the Swedish police novel”, Vic Suneson (pen name for Sune Lundquist, 1911-1975) published his first five novels in the Gebers kriminalserie,  a series devoted to Crime Fiction. This series, which had been launched by Geber, in Stockholm, in 1947, published both Swedish and translated authors.  Suneson’s  first novel  Mord kring Maud was published in 1948 and precedes immediately in the Series Cornell Woolrich’s, Brud i svart (The Bride Wore Black),  also in 1948. Many other well-known English language authors, such as Ngaio Marsh, Fredric Brown, Carter Dixon, and Ursula Curtiss, are part of this series. Continue reading