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, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Samir Mehta, Justin Woods, Richard Slominsky, Matthew Preston, Denise Sawicki, Joanna Woods, Erik Bates, Mike Rothstein, Steve Dunn, 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

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Dennis Lehane

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E.L. James

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Robert De Niro

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Spider Robinson

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