RE: RARA-AVIS: hardboiled war novels

From: John Williams (
Date: 06 Sep 2004

Also not strictly h/b or noir but definitely dark and truthful - British writer Alexander Baron's war trilogy - From The City, From The Plough ( D Day and the events leading up to it), There's No Home (set in Sicily, during a lacuna in the war) and The Human Kind ( the whole damn thing, filmed as The Victors by Carl Foreman). Baron was a fine writer, who later wrote the London noir classic The Lowlife, and the books are firmly rooted in his own experience serving in Italy and Normandy.

Lighter but quite noir are one of my favourite series in contemp fiction - Alan First's wartime novels, the new one Dark Voyage is pretty good, but it's worth starting with the earlier ones - The World At Night for instance.

Getting a bit closer to on-topic Ross Thomas's excellent The Eighth Dwarf is set in Germany just after the war - a very noir time indeed.


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