Wednesday, July 12, 2023

Ten top New England noir titles

Dwyer Murphy is a New York-based writer and editor. He is the editor-in-chief of CrimeReads, Literary Hub‘s crime fiction vertical and the world’s most popular destination for thriller readers. He practiced law at Debevoise & Plimpton in New York City, where he was a litigator, and served as editor of the Columbia Law Review. He was previously an Emerging Writer Fellow at the Center for Fiction. His writing has appeared in The Common, Rolling Stone, Guernica, The Paris Review Daily, Electric Literature, and other publications.

Murphy's new novel is The Stolen Coast.

At Lit Hub he tagged ten New England titles "which together make up a complex tradition worthy of considering together: modern novels of suspense and strangeness, contemporary gothics, and a few more or less hardboiled crime stories." One book on the list:
Peter Swanson, Before She Knew Him

Swanson brings consummate craftmanship to the modern psychological thriller. His best well might be Before She Knew Him, about a woman living in a quiet suburb outside Boston who struggles with her mental health while delving into the real possibility that her neighbor might be linked to a killing. We’re on uncertain footing here, with pressure coming from all sides and the tranquility of an affluent Massachusetts sleeper town showing cracks along the seams.
Read about another entry on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue