RARA-AVIS: Archaeological noir

From: harry.lerner@mail.mcgill.ca
Date: 05 Apr 2007

Hello Everyone

Along a similar vein as recent discussions of specific subsets of noir, I was wondering if anyone is aware of any archaeological noir that's out there, either stand alones or series. I am an archaeologist that specializes in the study of prehistoric stone tools excavated in the American Southwest, so I'm curious if any archaeological noirs exist and if they are any good.

I know that there are some very non-noir series such as Lyn Hamilton's Lara McClintoch books and some series that often have noirish elements like Jonathan Gash's Lovejoy or even Tony Hillerman's Joe Leaphorn/Jim Chee novels. I've also heard about William Arden's Charles Ramsay books but have never read any so I have no idea if they are even remotely noir in nature.

If anyone has any suggestions for some good reads in that fall into the relatively small niche of archaeological noir, I would greatly appreciate it.

Thanks in advance. Harry

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