The Lady in the Car With Glasses and a Gun by Sebastian Japrisot
Noir – Psychological Thriller – Female Protagonist – 20th Century
What if OTHER people seemed to be having deja vu when they saw you, swearing you’d been in the same place just a while ago, when you knew that was impossible? That’s just the start of the mind-bending plight of Dany, a Parisian secretary whose trip in her boss’s car to the sea has turned her world upside down and brought death along with it. A puzzle that will drive you mad and never lets up until the very end.
The Bride Wore Black by Cornell Woolrich
Noir – Female Antagonist – 20th Century
A woman, chameleon-like, seeks out seemingly unconnected men and kills them one after another. But why? What connects the men? Who is Julie, the mastermind of these murders? Woolrich, writing as William Irish, was a prodigious, mid-century master of suspense and this one became the basis for a Francois Truffaut homage to Hitchcock. The original novel still sustains its power as we wonder all along, “Why is she killing them, and should I be rooting for or against Julie?”
The Deadly Percheron by John Franklin Bardin
Noir – Psychological Thriller – 20th Century
A psychiatrist listens as his new patient tells him leprechauns are making him give away his money. When the shrink meets what seems to merely be a little person, who now tells his patient to start giving away horses, things go from bad to worse and the shrink wakes up six months later in a psychiatric hospital with a disfiguring scar and no idea what has happened. Nor do we, but the little-read Bardin ingeniously unravels the mystery for us as the doctor assumes a new identity and strives to find out.
3 thoughts on “Neglected Noir”
The Bardin reminds me of “American Horror Story”, or maybe the other way around? And now I know what a Percheron is.
Wow, you’ve done it again. These sound SO amusing and absorbing. They should all be made into movies, too!!
So true re: American Horror Story with the Bardin. And the prototype for the “Twin Peaks” dwarf?