For this Friday’s Forgotten Books, I decided to go with the Library of America’s volume of American Noir of the 1950s. Jim Thompson’s The Killer Inside Me (1952), Patricia Highsmith’s The Talented Mr. Ripley (1955), Charles Willeford’sPick-Up (1957), David Goodis’ Down There (1956), and Chester Himes’ The Real Cool Killers (1959) surveys the noir crime novels of the Fifties. Jim Thompson’s The Killer Inside Me is a chilling psychological novel. The Talented Mr. Ripley features the amoral Tom Ripley who doesn’t hesitate to kill for things he wants. Charles Williford’s Pick-Up explores the limits of love in San Francisco. David Goodis’ Down There inspired Truffaut’s Shoot the Piano Players. Coffin Ed Johnson and Grave Digger Jones, Harlem detectives, bring their own special brand of nihilistic humor to The Real Cool Killers. There’s a broad range of styles in these noir classics. They are all highly recommended! This is a terrific collection.