Future Noir, by Paul M. Sammon

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If you would like to understand the process of how a film gets made, from humble beginning to bitter end, look no further—Future Noir is comprehensive in its scope and attention to detail, leaving no stone unturned. In exploring the history of Blade Runner, Sammon interviews every conceivable person involved with the film and chronicles each step of the creative process with care. It makes for a fascinating read because the production has everything: conflict between the director and crew, ornery actors, elaborate visual effects, a diverse roster of artists with their own dueling motivations, a lengthy battle with the studio, and a tumultuous release. Sammon excels at tangling with the film's enormous legacy, analyzing the synthesis of ideas and techniques which makes it such a classic of science-fiction.
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ISBN: 9780062699466
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Published: Dey Street Books - September 12th, 2017

The Looking Glass War, by John le Carre

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Le Carré's fiction is known for its realism and unromantic view of espionage, and The Looking Glass War represents this in the extreme. The novel is a bone-dry satirical thriller centering on a bygone British military intelligence agency that has been resting on its World War II laurels for twenty years. When a flimsy piece of information comes their way, the department goes to increasingly absurd lengths to verify it and reclaim their former glory. Keenly aware of his characters' psychological makeup, le Carré methodically outlines the murkiness of spys' motivations and the fruitless, misguided nature of their work. The Looking Glass War is a chilling study in escalating paranoia and doomed ambitions, a gem from a writer at the top of his game.

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ISBN: 9780143122593
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Published: Penguin Books - March 5th, 2013

The Hunter, by Richard Stark

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With The Hunter, Donald Westlake (under the prolific penname of Richard Stark) introduces his iconic Parker character and establishes the bleakest possible world of hardboiled crime. Parker is a master thief, utterly ruthless and amoral, who operates with animalistic cunning and violence. When one of his partners rips him off and leaves him for dead, he returns to New York City to methodically exact revenge. Westlake's conception of a protagonist completely without a conscience was riveting enough to sustain over twenty novels, and The Hunter remains just as fresh as it was in 1962. While the narrative is firmly grounded in the world of classic crime fiction, "Stark" writes with a leanness and precision of language that feels genuinely timeless. 

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ISBN: 9780226770994
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Published: University of Chicago Press - September 1st, 2008