Naomi Hirahara’s Favorite Noir Story

The Edgar Award–winning mystery writer takes a stab at a classic.

Naomi Hirahara is the author of Iced in Paradise: A Leilani Santiago Hawai‘i Mystery.
Naomi Hirahara is the author of Iced in Paradise: A Leilani Santiago Hawai‘i Mystery.

What’s your favorite classic noir?
Chester Himes’s A Rage in Harlem.

Why?
It’s absurd, pungent, and full of community. Himes takes the more controlled, paranoid tone of his hard-boiled predecessors and turns it upside down.

What makes a great noir?
Pathos, a knife into the heart of our society’s ills.

Read more from Alta‘s Fall 2020 Noir Special Section.

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