Writers, Books & Screenplays
Before they were films, many of the best noirs were books. Although I am addicted to film, there is a special thrill in reading the books on which past films were based, and on which future films may still be made. For a treat start with Woolrich's I married a dead man (1949) (which seems to have been borrowed--uncredited--for the Sandra Bullock vehicle While You Were Sleeping, or with Jim Thompson's The Killer Inside Me (1952) which has not yet been successfully brought to screen.
Here is a partial list of the most well known classic Roman Noir writers
Rara-Avis, the excellent home page of a mailing list devoted to the discussion of hardboiled fiction.
Pegasos The Literature-Related Resource Page with great biographies on hundreds of writers! (Look under "Authors' Calendar").