What are the best books featuring female noir?

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    Bedelia is a mystery crime thriller fiction novel written by Vera Caspary. This mystery suspense feminist book is first published in 1945. 

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    Tammy Chapman
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "I think this book was very well written, it's almost like you're watching a movie. The characters were charming and the story was interesting and not too linear. I enjoyed reading every page of this book."
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    Rebecca, based on the book by Daphne Du Marier is one of the first classics by Alfred Hitchcock winner of the Academy Ward in 1940. The plot tells the story of a British gentleman's innocent bride grapples with intrusive reminders of his deceased wife.


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    Russell Day
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "After seeing the Alfred Hitchcock movie version, I just had to read the book as well and I was not disappointed one bit. I'm sure it's something everyone could enjoy."
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    #3Gone Girl

    Gone Girl

    Gone Girl is a 2014 psychological thriller by Gillian Flynn. It tells the story of Nick Dunne and his wife Amy, and revolves around whether or not Nick was involved in his wife's disappearance. This is a tale of vengeance and deceit.


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    Paul Porter
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "This thriller with a man's wife vanishing, and him getting the blame. It is full of mystery and deceit."
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    #4Available Dark (Cass Neary)

    Available Dark (Cass Neary)

    Available Dark is a crime mystery suspense thriller fiction and the second book in Cass Neary series written by Elizabeth Hand. It is published in 2012 by Minotaur Books. 


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    Liu Jiang
    Written on April 19, 2018
    " suspense makes it interesting"
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    #5The Girl on the Train

    The Girl on the Train

    The Girl on the Train is a psychological thriller wherein Rachel, the protagonist, takes the same train on her everyday commute. She always catches a glimpse of a couple from the window of the train, and one day when she witnesses something terrible.


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    Keith Simpson
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "Watched the movie and was intrigued to read the book it is based on. I liked the book more. Character development is better here."
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    #6Spider's Bite (Elemental Assassin)

    Spider's Bite (Elemental Assassin)

    Spider's Bite, the first book in Jennifer Estep's Elemental Assassin series, is about Gin, who grew up as an assassin on the streets after her family was murdered. Later, Gin was duped and her handler was killed, and now she's out for revenge.


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    Eric Stewart
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "Not a bad book at all. I thought the story was a little dry in the beginning but as the book goes on it picks up at a fast pace. I would absolutely buy this again if it was on sale and I would recommend others do the same."
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    #7All She Was Worth

    All She Was Worth
    All She Was Worth by Miyuki Miyabe is a deftly written thriller. It's the story of a detective investigating the missing case of a beautiful young woman, who is then left to wonder whether she was truly a victim.

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    Phillip Foster
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "This book is a bit too sexist for my taste but it's a good read overall. The author did a great job of avoiding cheap tricks and thrills to give us a crime/mystery feel."
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    #8The Unicorn

    The Unicorn

    The Unicorn is a classic fiction novel written by Iris Murdoch which centers on governess of Gaze Castle Marian Taylor who experiences a number of mysteries and got involved in a drama she can only understand. 


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    Juan Gonzales
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "Am an average reader and this is a book I was able to follow easily. Marian Taylor realizes that she had been separated from the normal world to a strange one which has unspoken dark secrets and this for me was interesting to read."
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    Grotesque is Natsuo Kirino's novel about the lives of two Tokyo prostitutes, from their time in high school to their struggles in adulthood, and eventually to their tragic deaths, all the while depicting femalehood and the Japanese society.

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    Willie Gutierrez
    Written on April 24, 2018
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    Passing is a classic fictional novel written by Nella Larsen with an introduction from Ntozake Shange. This classic fictional novel was published on April 24, 2003 by Penguin.


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    Michelle Young
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "Eh, I didnt care for this book. It was really kind of dull. The plot was drawn out and unexciting. The characters we're droll. I just wasnt impressed by this book, and honestly didnt finish it. Not my cup of tea."
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    #11We Have Always Lived in the Castle

    We Have Always Lived in the Castle
    We Have Always Lived in the Castle is a chilling novel about a hideous (and possibly murderous) family living in the depths of a creepy estate. A struggle arises when a family member visited their humble abode.

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    Brenda Simpson
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "This book has some disturbing events throughout. It definitely gives a creepy fill as you read the book."
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    #12Out: A Novel

    Out: A Novel

    Out: A Novel is a Mystery, Thriller, Horror, Asian Literature, Fiction novel written by Natsuo Kirino and translated by Stephen Snyder. It was published January 4, 2005 by Vintage.


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    Dylan Hudson
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "This is an excellent novel for those looking for powerful and believable female characters. User reviews are also extremely popular, praising the characters and setting, and the gripping writing. This is exactly what I'd want for my interest in noir thrillers."
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    #13The Widow

    The Widow

    The Widow is a French noir mystery fiction novel written by Georges Simenon. This classic book follows the story of a widow Tati and a killer Jean. It is first published in 1942 and NYRB Classics reprinted it in 2008.


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    Patricia Greene
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "The Widow is the story of two outcasts and their fatal encounter. One is the widow herself, Tati. Still young, she’s never had an easy time of it, but she’s not the kind to complain. Tati lives with her father-in-law on the family farm, putting up with his sexual attentions, working her fingers to the bone, improving the property and knowing all the time that her late husband’s sister is scheming to kick her out and take the house back. The other is a killer. Just out of prison and in search of a new life, Jean meets up with Tati, who hires him as a handyman and then takes him to bed. Things are looking up, at least until Jean falls hard for the girl next door. The Widow was published in the same year as Camus’ The Stranger, and André Gide judged it the superior book. It is Georges Simenon’s most powerful and disturbing exploration of the bond between death and desire."


Best What are the best books featuring female noir
1BedeliaBooks 36 Paid
2RebeccaMovies 34 Paid
3Gone GirlBooks 30 Paid
4Available Dark (Cass Neary)Books 28 Paid
5The Girl on the TrainBooks 26 Paid
6Spider's Bite (Elemental Assassin)Books 23 Paid
7All She Was WorthBooks 22 Paid
8The UnicornBooks 20 Paid
9GrotesqueBooks 18 Paid
10PassingBooks 18 Paid

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