Friday, December 20, 2019

The ten best noir novels of 2019

One title on the CrimeReads list of the year's best and bleakest hard-boiled reads:
Steph Cha, Your House Will Pay (Ecco)

Cha’s new standalone, about the long shadows of history and the need for reconciliation, is both a reckoning and a space for healing. When a young Korean-American woman living in Los Angeles learns her mother was responsible for a racially motivated and deadly shooting, she decides to make amends with the victim’s family, 25 years later. This one does what the best noirs do, i.e., make you want to cry your heart out over the humanity of it all.
Read about the other entries on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue