Western Wednesday: .44 by H.A. DeRosso (1953)

44_DeRosso.44 is one of those westerns that gets talked about in some crime fiction circles and is something of a cult classic. It is often described as being a noir western. Loving a good dark story, So I went into it with fairly high hopes.

It’s easy to see why so many crime folks recommend this one. It’s basically a classic, mid-20th century noir dressed up as a western. All of the traits of the mid-20th century noir are present.

Quite frankly, It can be a little tough to continue buying the protagonist’s continued staying in the town but, once you recognize it for the classic noir that it is, this is an easy enough hurdle to cross and the doomed ride becomes fun in it’s own way.

Is this the darkest western ever written? No. Don’t believe that hype. But it is a western that doesn’t deserve to be forgotten. Especially since it it available in a reasonably priced Kindle edition.

Recommended

Here’s some good biographical info on the author, H.A. DeRosso.

Cullen, over at Pulp Serenade, did a great job covering .44 a few years ago. Check it out.

Cullen (as always)

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Brian Lindenmuth

Brian is the non-fiction editor of Spinetingler magazine and one of the fiction editors of Snubnose Press. In addition to Spinetingler his work has appeared in Crimespree magazine and at BSC Review, Galleycat and the Mulholland Books website. He also heads the Spinetingler Award committee.

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About Brian Lindenmuth

Brian is the non-fiction editor of Spinetingler magazine and one of the fiction editors of Snubnose Press. In addition to Spinetingler his work has appeared in Crimespree magazine and at BSC Review, Galleycat and the Mulholland Books website. He also heads the Spinetingler Award committee.

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