logo
Wrong email address or username
Wrong email address or username
Incorrect verification code
back to top
Search tags: noir
Load new posts () and activity
Like Reblog Comment
show activity (+)
text 2017-03-28 22:28
I've read 16% of Lucky Supreme and...
Lucky Supreme: A Novel of Many Crimes - Jeff Johnson

I'm loving it so far!

 

Jeff Johnson is such an interesting man, and his writing appeals to me. It always has a noir feel to it, it's filled with a dry, black sense of humor, there's always good food cooking, and his writing style is vivid and clear. 

 

My question is why he isn't more well known?

 

Like Reblog Comment
show activity (+)
review 2017-03-24 15:27
Hot Lead, Cold Iron / Ari Marmell
Hot Lead, Cold Iron: A Mick Oberon Job Book 1 by Marmell, Ari (2014) Paperback - Ari Marmell

Chicago, 1932. Mick Oberon may look like just another private detective, but beneath the fedora and the overcoat, he's got pointy ears and he's packing a wand. 

Oberon's used to solving supernatural crimes, but the latest one's extra weird. A mobster's daughter was kidnapped sixteen years ago, replaced with a changeling, and Mick's been hired to find the real child. The trail's gone cold, but what there is leads Sideways, to the world of the Fae, where the Seelie Court rules. And Mick's not really welcome in the Seelie Court any more. He'll have to wade through Fae politics and mob power struggles to find the kidnapper – and of course it's the last person he expected.

 

Hard-boiled detective + the Fae = an interesting first book.

When I ran across this title in my public library’s catalog, I was intrigued. Those of you who read my reviews regularly will know that I am a sucker for books that feature Fae characters. I love them! Plus, I am an enormous fan of Raymond Chandler, so this combo was irresistible.

I enjoyed Marmell’s take on the Fae. Mick Oberon (yes, he’s related to THAT Oberon) has a penchant for milk, cream when he’s needs something a bit stronger. He doesn’t always ask for money to pay for his jobs—but he has an instinct for asking for something which later helps with a new problem. He’s also extremely reluctant to head back Underhill for any reason.

Marmell is obviously fully conversant with the whole hard-boiled genre. Mick is tough-talking, hard-(milk)-drinking, and wise-cracking. He gets beat on and thumps others in return. All the correct boxes are ticked. It would be unfair to compare his writing to Chandler—very few can live up to those standards. If I have a niggling annoyance, it’s that I felt the Chicago gangland vocabulary was laid on awfully thick (with a trowel, really).

Still, it’s a fun fantasy world and I will definitely continue on with the series. Not, however, a series that I will want to own.

Like Reblog Comment
show activity (+)
review 2017-03-19 02:05
Lovely start to this mini-series!
Punisher Noir #1 (of 4) (Punisher Noir Vol. 1) - Frank Tieri,Paul Azaceta

This is a Frank Castle set in a pre-WWII era - or at least before the US got involved in WWII.   (Or at the very least, there is no mention of WWII in this issue, so it's, at the very least, set in a time when Frank doesn't have to worry about that right now.)  He is a veteran, however, and his wife has passed away; he's trying to raise a half-Jewish, half-Italian boy in a time when that isolates him.   He sees his son slipping further and further into crime-laden streets and into the thrall of those punk children who go around thieving and pranking and getting into general no-good-things. 

 

And I joke, but this manages to get into the feel of this era, while maintaining Castle's background.   So far, the Noir series has just been a lot of fun.  I love AUs like this, and I hope to continue this series soon.

Like Reblog Comment
show activity (+)
text 2017-03-11 21:28
NEVER ENOUGH by Roxie Noir 99 cents and Kindle Unlimited
Never Enough - Roxie Noir Never Enough - Roxie Noir

t’s a simple enough transaction.
Marisol needs the money, and I need a nice girl to parade in front of the cameras.
No feelings. No strings. No falling for anyone.


I’ve been clean for months, but my record company’s not satisfied. Apparently it isn’t enough to only kick a heroin addiction - they’re insisting that I find a girlfriend as well.

If I don’t, they pull Dirtshine’s massive record deal.

It’s supposed to show that I’ve changed my ways, that I’ve turned over a new leaf, all that rubbish. But I’ve had it with suit-wearing wankers telling me what I’m to do, so I’m on the verge of telling them to go f*ck themselves.

And then she shows up.

Marisol locks me out of my own concert by accident. She’s wearing a suit at a rock show, searching for her lost law school textbook, has no idea who I am…

...and for the first time in years, I’m hooked.

She’s smart, driven, and utterly gorgeous. The sort of girl who earnestly believes in following the rules and hates when others don’t.

I’m a huge rock star, recovering addict, and general f*ckup.

Our relationship is for show, and that’s all. But with every smile, every laugh, and every breathtaking glance at her curves, I want her more.

Two months is all we agreed to. But it’s never going to be enough.

Like Reblog Comment
show activity (+)
review 2017-02-18 01:02
Incognito: Bad Influences by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips
Incognito, Volume 2: Bad Influences - Ed Brubaker,Sean Phillips

A super-villain, caught, and now hiding in witness protection, has his cover is blown and then is recruited to help catch bad guys. It should be easy, since he used to be one of them, but now he's been infected by empathy, and it's harder than he thought.

 

Zack Overkill, Zoe Zeppelin, Lazarus, and Simon Slaughter are just some of the characters inside this pulpy, noir, empathetic super-villain story from the super cool Mr. Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips. What fun!

More posts
Your Dashboard view:
Need help?