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Noir Fiction & Vintage Crime

in progress Clifton Adams: Death’s Sweet Song Whom Gods Destroy Nigel Balchin: Mine Own Executioner Fredric Brown: The Screaming Mimi Gerald Butler: Kiss the Blood Off My Hands Vera Caspary: Bedelia Laura The Man who Loved his Wife James Hadley … Continue reading

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L.A. Noire: The Collected Stories (Rockstar Games)

One of the features I really like about the Kindle (apart from the free classics) is the way stories, novellas, and novels not published anywhere else find their way onto this device. Example: I came across L.A. Noire: The Collected … Continue reading

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Jim Thompson Noir Fest 2011

The Jim Thompson Noir Fest begins May 1, 2011. Here are the books I’ll be reading: The Killer Inside Me (1952) Savage Night (1953) A Swell-Looking Babe (1954) A Hell of a Woman (1954) The Getaway (1959) The Grifters (1963) … Continue reading

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Hill Girl: Charles Williams (1951)

As a fan of the crime novels of Charles Williams, I’ve reviewed a few for this site, and here they are, so far, in order of preference for anyone interested: River Girl (1951) Hell Hath No Fury (The Hot Spot) (1953) Big … Continue reading

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Jack of Spades: Joyce Carol Oates

Point me in the direction of a book written by an unreliable narrator, and chances are I’ll want to read it, and that brings me to Jack of Spades by Joyce Carol Oates. First the disclaimer: I’m not a fan … Continue reading

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Whom Gods Destroy by Clifton Adams

“The Blue Star was one of those cement-block and stucco buildings that you seen thrown up along highways around towns like Big Prairie. In the daytime they look like misplaced chicken houses, but at night, with their neon trimmings and their … Continue reading

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Death’s Sweet Song (1955) by Clifton Adams

“Strangely, I felt nothing. I stood there and the pale sky became suddenly bloody as the violent sun lifted into a widening sky.” American Pulp writer Clifton Adams (1919-1971) is primarily known for a long list of westerns written under … Continue reading

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Your Ticket is No Longer Valid by Romain Gary

“In this respect we are rather backward in France; a certain lack of persistence and determination causes us to lose out in the race for pleasure. It’s different in the United States. There people band together, organize group therapy sessions, … Continue reading

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You’ll Die Next! by Harry Whittington

“Look at me. I did one exciting thing in all my life. I married you. That’s all. And it looks like the excitement hasn’t even begun yet.” You can’t read vintage crime without coming across the name Harry Whittington (1915-1989), … Continue reading

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Chance by Kem Nunn

“The essential feature of a shared psychotic disorder (folie à deux) is a delusion that develops in an otherwise healthy individual who is involved in a close relationship with another person (sometimes termed the “inducer” or “the primary case”) who already … Continue reading

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