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