Going back to the noir fiction of the 30s, 40s and 50s. It's very contemporary.
I think the great unspoken theme in noir fiction is male self-pity. It pervades noir movies.
Crime fiction, especially noir and hardboiled, is the literature of the proletariat.
Fiction is the truth inside the lie.
When I pair food and wine, I start with the food. If I have a beautiful roasted bird, I might choose a Cabernet or Pinot Noir, or maybe a Syrah, depending on the sauce and what is in my cellar.