Vancouver Noir

By Diane Purvey, John Belshaw,

Book cover of Vancouver Noir: 1930-1960

Book description

Literary Nonfiction. Photography. Vancouver Sun books list: "30 best reads from B.C. and beyond". It was an era of gambling, smuggling rings, grifters, police corruption, bootleggers, brothels, murders, and more. It was also a time of intensified concern with order, conformity, structure, and restrictions. VANCOUVER NOIR provides a fascinating insight…

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1 author picked Vancouver Noir as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

Purvey and Belshaw are a husband-and-wife team of academics who know how to spin a great story for a general audience. Their book is an account of the “noir era” in the city, roughly 1930 to 1960. It is inspired by the black and white photographs of crime scenes and shadowy streetscapes that appeared in the daily press of the period. Reading it is like revelling in an old gangster movie. Amply illustrated.

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