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Dark Places: Disturbing Stories of Mystery and Suspense

Our maverick English Teacher and genre enthusiast looks at the mystery/suspense field and finds 52 works that truly take a walk among the dark places of human experience. Some are noir classics, some are neo-noir fictions, and some are unclassifiable..Certain authors predominate, primarily because they have staked out this territory as their own. Our compiler would be hard pressed to choose from this list, but if he had to pick one, it would be James Ellroy's "The Big Nowhere".
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made by James Nelson
avg. score: 5 of 52 (10%)
required scores: 1, 2, 3, 5, 7 

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American Psycho (Bret Easton Ellis)
American Psycho (Bret Easton Ellis)
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Anna's Book (Ruth Rendell)
Anna's Book (Ruth Rendell)
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The Bat (Jo Nesbø)
The Bat (Jo Nesbø)
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The Big Nowhere (James Ellroy)
The Big Nowhere (James Ellroy)
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The Black Dahlia (James Ellroy)
The Black Dahlia (James Ellroy)
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The Bride Wore Black (Woolrich)
The Bride Wore Black (Woolrich)
7
The Chimney Sweeper`S Boy (Barbara Vine)
The Chimney Sweeper`S Boy (Barbara Vine)
8
Clandestine (Ellroy)
Clandestine (Ellroy)
9
A Dance at the Slaughterhouse
A Dance at the Slaughterhouse
10
Dark Places (Gillian Flynn)
Dark Places (Gillian Flynn)
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A Dark-Adapted Eye
A Dark-Adapted Eye
12
Eight Million Ways to Die
Eight Million Ways to Die
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13
Faceless Killers (Henning Mankell)
Faceless Killers (Henning Mankell)
14
Fallen Angel (Holland)
Fallen Angel (Holland)
15
A Fatal Inversion (Barbara Vine/Ruth Rendell)
A Fatal Inversion (Barbara Vine/Ruth Rendell)
16
Gallowglass (Barbara Vine)
Gallowglass (Barbara Vine)
17
The Girl on the Train (Paula Hawkins)
The Girl on the Train (Paula Hawkins)
18
The Girl With the Dragon Tatoo
The Girl With the Dragon Tatoo
19
The Given Day (Dennis Lehane)
The Given Day (Dennis Lehane)
20
Gone Girl (Gillian Flynn)
Gone Girl (Gillian Flynn)
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21
Gone, Baby, Gone (Dennis Lehane)
Gone, Baby, Gone (Dennis Lehane)
22
The House of Stairs (Barbara Vine)
The House of Stairs (Barbara Vine)
23
I Married a Dead Man (Cornell Woolrich)
I Married a Dead Man (Cornell Woolrich)
24
I'd Know You Anywhere (Laura Lippman)
I'd Know You Anywhere (Laura Lippman)
25
L. A. Confidential (Ellroy)
L. A. Confidential (Ellroy)
26
The Last Good Kiss (James Crumley)
The Last Good Kiss (James Crumley)
27
The Mexican Tree Duck (Crumley)
The Mexican Tree Duck (Crumley)
28
Miami Purity (Hendriks)
Miami Purity (Hendriks)
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29
The Missing Person (Brian Tobin)
The Missing Person (Brian Tobin)
30
The Narrows (Michael Connelly)
The Narrows (Michael Connelly)
31
No Time for Goodbye (Linwood Barclay)
No Time for Goodbye (Linwood Barclay)
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Perfidia (James Ellroy)
Perfidia (James Ellroy)
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The Poet (Michael Connelly)
The Poet (Michael Connelly)
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Red Dragon (Thomas Harris)
Red Dragon (Thomas Harris)
35
Rendezvous in Black
Rendezvous in Black
36
Sharp Objects (Gillian Flynn)
Sharp Objects (Gillian Flynn)
37
Shutter Island (Dennis Lehane)
Shutter Island (Dennis Lehane)
38
The Silence of the Lambs (Thomas Harris)
The Silence of the Lambs (Thomas Harris)
39
The Snowman (Jo Nesbø)
The Snowman (Jo Nesbø)
40
The Spiral Staircase (Aka Some Must Watch) (Ethel Lina White)
The Spiral Staircase (Aka Some Must Watch) (Ethel Lina White)
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