What do you think of when you hear the phrase “compulsively readable”? Besides the obvious (“something only people in publishing say”), the entire noir genre very often comes to mind. It’s no secret our society is downright obsessed with crime culture and the darkness associated with it, whether in documentary films, podcasts, or pulse-pounding noir novels. But there’s just something extra special about historical noir—with its depiction of deviousness in an alternate era and thrilling plots that explore places and people of the past in pursuit of solving a well-packaged mystery.
If you’re looking to get hooked, to leave the constant churn of crime fiction set in modern-day, then settle in for some of the best, most suspenseful, completely compulsive historical noir novels available today.