publication date: Thursday, May 3, 2012 (part of Spring 2012)

category: Literature

clue: He channeled his grief over his mother's murder into a novel about the Black Dahlia case, and went on to expose more of L.A.'s confidential secrets.

explanation: Ellroy wrote The Black Dahlia and L.A. Confidential. more…

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Joanna Woods, Matthew Preston, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, Mike Rothstein, Steve Dunn, Erik Bates, and Aaron Shurtleff

Goo Noir 2: It feels good to be back in black! Ever since the original noir genre tapered off in the 1950s, writers and filmmakers have kept returning to the dark theme. These five goos are famous for their work in neo-noir.

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Ray Bradbury

Before writing about tattooed men and book-burning, this sci-fi writer chronicled life on Mars. Go »

Christopher Nolan

This writer-director can turn out neo-noir films both large like Inception and The Dark Knight and small like Following and Memento. Go »

Seth Grahame-Smith

Hollywood's hottest new horror writer started his career modestly, by "improving" upon Jane Austen. Go »

John Kennedy Toole

You can avoid being a dunce by recognizing this New Orleans writer with the presidential name. Go »

Patricia Highsmith

By the time she dreamed up con artist Tom Ripley, Alfred Hitchcock had already adapted her first novel into a film in 1951. Go »

Robert De Niro

The star of Raging Bull, Cape Fear, Heat, Taxi Driver, Mean Streets, Angel Heart, and countless other dark films might be the king of neo-noir. Go »

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