This is my favourite reference book on noir. Everything on all the films out there, from the classic to the obscure and overlooked. Plot, detailed analysis, cast and crew, and some fab quotes. The referencing lists at the end are particularly useful and inspired. Nice section on modern 'neo noir', too.
Browsing through the book last week, I re-discovered House of Bamboo (1955), starring Robert Ryan and Shirley Yamaguchi. Hard-boiled crime tale set in post-war Tokyo, with some great location shots.
Highly recommended - the book and Bamboo!