by Amanda Bridgeman
Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date 06 Nov 2018
Normally I enjoy science fiction/noir blends, but I didn’t enjoy The Subjugate as much as I expected.
Amanda Bridgeman does a good job juxtaposing the technology free world of the Children of Christ and the rich in technology world of Detectives Salvi Brentt and Mitch Grenville. The detectives are fish out of water investigating the murder of a young woman of the Children of Christ. Suspicion falls on the Subjugates of the Solme Complex. ( Subjugates are violent criminals or sexual predators conditioned and neurally edited to find violence and sexuality anathema. Those who successfully complete the experimental program become Serenes. Serenes and certain Subjugates are allowed into the town of the Children of Christ to work. )
I quickly became frustrated with the detectives, particularly Mitch, as they stubbornly pursue pet theories and ignore evidence. Boredom followed frustration. Much...
Pinnacle City: A Superhero Noir Matt Carter, Fiona J. R. Titchenell
FRONTLIST | August 14, 2018, On Sale Date: August 7, 2018
Trade Paperback | 272 pages
Fiction / Superheroes
I am extremely glad that I didn’t pass on the chance to read Pinnacle City. Normally, I have mixed feelings about superheroes mostly leaning towards the - meh category. Pinnacle City is very different from your average superhero novel. Pinnacle City has more in common with noir pulp detective fiction.
For the wealthy, Pinnacle City is a beautiful metropolis, filled with every convenience and protected by the glamorous Pinnacle City Guardians. The poor and the gene-damaged live in the Crescent and the wasteland beyond, struggling from day to day. Eddie Enriquez is a PI with a gift for seeing the past. When he’s asked to investigate a murder, he doesn’t anticipate the trouble it will cause or the fact that what looks to be the truth may hide something all the more sinister and dangerous...
Cross My Path by Clea Simon
Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 01 Jul 2018
Clea Simon is an astounding author with a unique talent for capturing the essence of both humans and animals in writing. Since its start, this series has been one of my favorites. The world of Cross My Path is a decaying one. There is limited commerce, and jobs and food are hard to come by. Few are literate, and women and children are always at risk from the more powerful who seek to profit off the weak. Care has taken over her mentor’s business, finding the lost and righting what wrongs she can - a difficult and dangerous job. Her cat Blackie does what he can to help and support her. If you have read the previous novels in the series (spoiler) you already know that some of her mentor’s consciousness survives in Blackie. This is of central importance to Cross My Path.
First, an old woman calling herself Blaze hires Care to find her brother’s effects. Care accepts the case after s...
Few things go as well together as robots and pulp noir, as Adam Christopher has repeatedly proven with his Raymond Electromatic novels. Christopher’s LA of the 1960s has all the glamour of Hollywood in its heyday and something extra - a robot detective turned hitman. Having a memory that starts from scratch every 24 hours is a weakness that just may turn out into a strength in Christopher’s newest novel - I Only Killed Him Once.
Ray rarely thinks twice about the assignments Ada gives him, but the man in black who shows up with an ominous warning has a hat that looks a lot like the one belonging to the man he killed the night before. And a handsome man in a loud suit addresses Ray as a colleague in a particular endeavor. Something odd is going on, and all Ray has to go on are the cryptic notes he’s written himself. Ada and his memory tapes...
Long Silence, The A 1920s' Hollywood noir mystery
by Gerard O'Donovan
Severn House Publishers
Pub Date 01 May 2018
The Long Silence is classic Hollywood noir at its best - at once glamorous and dark. It takes you behind the scenes of early Hollywood, peeling back the glitter, letting you see the personalities and the troubles people like fixer turned PI, Tom Collins was hired to hide.
The Long Silence is based on the real life unsolved murder of movie director William Desmond Taylor - not an easy task. Gerard O’Donovan does a fantastic job bringing Tom
Collins and his other players to life and creating a plausible if fictional explanation.
Tom Collins is a PI, still on the hook to Hollywood high rollers. When a director is killed, he is hired to protect Mabel Normand a troubled star and Taylor’s rumored fiancé. Tom quickly discovers more is going on behind the scenes, and that Taylor’s murder is just the tip of an iceberg formed by money, drugs and corrupti...
by Clea Simon
Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 01 Nov 2017
Clea Simon is never one to bow to convention. Her highly original, noir infused mysteries stand far above and far apart from the vast quantities of formulaic fare. While I’ve long been a fan of Clea Simon’s unique pet mysteries, World Enough is the first of her non-animal novels that I’ve read. I was very impressed. World Enough takes the reader into the clubland of Boston where in the 80s a generation of hopefuls rocked. Now, years later the scene is tired. Dreams have given way to the realities of growing up and growing older. Tara Winston loved the scene for the music and for the comraderie, but she only begins to delve deeper into the past when Frank, an aging rocker, falls to his death. What begins as a retrospective, a lament for a dying age becomes something more as her suspicions grow and she learns that there was far more going on behind the scenes than she h...
The Pictures is a well composed noir thriller set against the glimmering backdrop of Los Angeles’ past. The Golden Age of Hollywood still attracts attention with its glamour, larger than life celebrities and its mystery. The motion picture industry, unlike most of America recovering from the depression, was successful, generating wealth and influence by creating a means of escape for a suffering public. Movie stars of the time were essentially idols, whose appearance could not be tarnished by scandal. “Fixers” were paid, and paid well to prevent unwelcome facts from becoming public. With its hidden corruption and cellulite femme fatales, it makes a perfect setting for a tale of gangsters, murder, blackmail and lust.
Detective Jonathan Craine is the archetypal noir antihero. He is as corrupt as it comes, willingly taking money f...
Wow! Blue Hand Mojo is an amazing graphic novel. The artwork is gorgeous - dark and edgy, perfect for a surreal tale of hoodoo and gangsters. John Jennings is a talented author and artist. Frank “Half Dead” Johnson is a marked man, owned in part by the Devil and in part by Noir, the dark goddess of imagination. From her, Frank gets his magic, and from the Devil his task - to acquire souls for Ole Scratch’s final musical number. In 1931, having dark skin doesn’t make for an easy life, and with Frank’s additional challenges - well life is a bumpy road.
Considering just how good Blue Hand Mojo is, I can easily imagine John Jennings making his own deal with Noir. Whether you like fantasy/noir blends, graphic novels or are simply looking for something wonderfully unique, I highly recommend Blue Hand Mojo.
Three Days to Dead puts the demon in the "demon drink" days of prohibition. The Damned is a comic series where gangsters are as likely to be demons as humans, and souls are bought and sold as easily as back alley hooch (alcohol). It is a dangerous time and if you dance with the devil your life may be very short. The exception is Eddie. For him, death is not permanent. A gift, maybe, a curse, definitely.
The Damned volume 1 contains the complete Three Days Dead story arc. Eddie is revived in order to find out what happened to the demon in charge of finalizing the truce between Big Al's gang and a competing family. But something tells Eddie there is more at stake than the missing demon and the possibility of a gang war. Finding out what means Eddie must face his own demons, the most dangerous of the bunch.
Night of the Jabberwock is a brilliant and unusual mystery perfect for lovers of early noir and Lewis Carroll. Frederic Brown not only gives readers a cunningly plotted murder mystery, he offers some of the most eloquent commentary on books, life and death that I've seen. Frederic Brown distributes quotes from Lewis Carroll throughout - a definite match for the surreal sequence of events. Night of the Jabberwock isn't really a fantasy although there are some fantastic elements. Nor is it a horror story. It is most definitely a mystery.
Doc Stoeger runs a small town paper. He likes his chess, his liquor and his Lewis Carroll, not necessarily in that order. Carmel City rarely has any exciting news. What Doc doesn't bargain for is a night of gangsters, murder, and strange coincidences. Ultimately framed for a double murder, believed to be a madman and hunted by po...