20th Century > 1950s

    A Painted House by John Grisham

Until that September of 1952, Luke Chandler had never kept a secret or told a single lie. But in the long, hot summer of his seventh year, two groups of migrant workers--and two very dangerous men--came through the Arkansas Delta to work the Chandler cotton farm. And suddenly mysteries are flooding Luke's world. A brutal murder leaves the town seething in gossip and suspicion. And as young Luke watches the world around him, he unravels secrets that could shatter lives.

Year: 2001
Genre: 1950sSuspense

    Cities of the Plain by Cormac McCarthy

The setting is New Mexico in 1952, where John Grady Cole and Billy Parham are working as ranch hands. To the North lie the proving grounds of Alamogordo; to the South, the twin cities of El Paso and Juarez, Mexico. Their life is made up of trail drives and horse auctions and stories told by campfire light. It is a life that is about to change forever, and John Grady and Billy both know it.

Year: 1998
Genre: 1950s

    L.A. Confidential by James Ellroy

L.A. Confidential is epic "noir", a crime novel of astonishing detail and scope written by the bestselling author of The Black Dahlia. A horrific mass murder invades the lives of victims and victimizers on both sides of the law. And three lawmen are caught in a deadly spiral, a nightmare that tests loyalty and courage, and offers no mercy, grants no survivors.

Year: 1990
Genre: 1950sCrime FictionLos Angeles

    The Big Nowhere by James Ellroy

Los Angeles, 1950 Red crosscurrents: the Commie Scare and a string of brutal mutilation killings. Gangland intrigue and Hollywood sleaze. Three cops caught in a hellish web of ambition, perversion, a nd deceit. The D. A.'s brass, a sheriff's deputy, and a rough-and-tumble bagman are unknowingly chasing a nightmare in this thrilling novel.

Year: 1988
Genre: 1950sCrime FictionLos Angeles

    The Blackboard Jungle by Evan Hunter

After serving his country in World War II, Richard Dadier decides to become an English teacher--and for the sin of wanting to make a difference, he's hired at North Manual Trades High School. A tough vocational school in the East Bronx, Manual Trades is home to angry, unruly teenagers exiled from New York City's regular public schools. On his first day, Dadier endures relentless mockery and ridicule and makes an enemy of the student body by rescuing a female colleague from a vicious attack.

Year: 1954
Genre: 1950sCrime Fiction


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Own Read Rating WishYearTitleAuthorSeriesGenres & Tags

-- -- -- --2001 A Painted House John Grisham 1950sSuspense
-- -- -- --1998 Cities of the Plain Cormac McCarthy Border Trilogy1950s
-- -- -- --1990 L.A. Confidential James Ellroy L.A. Quartet1950sCrime FictionLos Angeles
-- -- -- --1988 The Big Nowhere James Ellroy L.A. Quartet1950sCrime FictionLos Angeles
-- -- -- --1954 The Blackboard Jungle Evan Hunter 1950sCrime Fiction
-- -- -- --1957 The Bridge at Andau James A. Michener 1950s
-- -- -- --1993 The Fifties David Halberstam 1950s
-- -- -- --1979 The Right Stuff Tom Wolfe 1950s1960sHistoricalNon-fiction
-- -- -- --1992 White Jazz James Ellroy L.A. Quartet1950sCrime FictionLos Angeles