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Cocktail Noir: From Gangsters and Gin Joints to Gumshoes and Gimlets by Scott M. Deitche

“People act differently sometimes when they’re drunk. They bother me.” (Lucky Luciano) Scott M. Deitche’s book, Cocktail Noir: From Gangsters and Gin Joints to Gumshoes and Gimlets pays homage to the “intertwining of alcohol and the underworld.” Watch any classic noir or … Continue reading


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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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Prelude to a Certain Midnight (1947): Gerald Kersh

“But the sort of men that do jobs like this Sabbatani job, they’re lone wolves.” I’d been meaning to read Prelude to a Certain Midnight since reading the fantastic Night and the City from the same author, Gerald Kersh. You … Continue reading


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The Big Heat: William P. McGivern (1953)

“You couldn’t plant enough flowers around here to kill the stench.” I’d hazard a guess that most noir film fans have seen the Fritz Lang film version of The Big Heat. Starring Gloria Grahame (one of my favourite noir actresses), … Continue reading


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Do Me a Favour–Drop Dead: James Hadley Chase (1976)

“Again as if we were planning to drown a cat. No emotion, no nothing. Once more the cold dead finger went up my spine.” After reading (trying to read) a couple of books which were disappointing, I knew I had to cleanse my … 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: Clifton Adams (1953)

“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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