Submitted by dnicklas on

Smoky rooms, rainy nights, hard boiled detectives, cool blondes, black & white close ups and a smidgen of cynicism: these are some characteristics of the film style known as film noir. Being that the summer reading theme this year is night or darkness, what could be darker than a black & white murder mystery filled with dames that can't be trusted and case-hardened private eyes...

Here's a few classics to get you started: