Posts Tagged ‘ 200 Noirs ’

Pick-Up by Charles Willeford – review

March 7, 2011
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Pick-Up by Charles Willeford – review

Before this book I hadn’t read any Willeford. I had often heard him mentioned in the same breath as David Goodis and Jim Thompson (although after reading Pick-Up I don’t really see the Thompson comparison) but didn’t think much of it because people love to make lofty claims when it comes to discussing writers....

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Shooters by Terrill Lankford – review

January 14, 2011
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Shooters by Terrill Lankford – review

Shooters is complete trash. It’s smutty, sleazy, violent, obvious, and unnecessarily slick. It’s the 90s as crime fiction. Simply put, it’s everything that I love about this book. In the interest of being completely candid, I love the 90s. I love the lack of substance and the over the top need for everything to...

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Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk – review

December 14, 2010
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Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk – review

Most everyone I know has either read the book or seen the movie so I apologize in advance if I don’t bring anything new to the conversation (not that any of my reviews tend to do that). I read Fight Club once before, in college, for a film class. It was right after the...

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Sanctuary by William Faulkner – review

December 6, 2010
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Sanctuary by William Faulkner – review

I hate this book. This review will be completely biased and one sided. I’d also like to stress that this is purely opinion and not a review based on education or knowledge where I weigh in on things like cultural significance and literary technique. I simply think about shit I like and then compare...

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The Soft Touch by John D. MacDonald – review

November 24, 2010
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The Soft Touch by John D. MacDonald – review

Jerry Jamison lives a quaint life. A steady job in construction under his father-in-law’s business. A gorgeous wife. A nice home in a nice neighbourhood. On the surface everything seems great – the American dream. But unfortunately for Jerry if you scratch a little deeper and everything becomes an absolute mess. His job is...

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Off Season by Jack Ketchum – review

November 11, 2010
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Off Season by Jack Ketchum – review

I read this book for the first time two years ago and was floored at how much I enjoyed something that was outside of my “preferred genre”. I was swept up in how vivid and realistic (or at the very least, plausible) everything was: characters’ actions, motivations, reactions to violence, and the violence itself....

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Red Harvest by Dashiel Hammett – review

November 8, 2010
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Red Harvest by Dashiel Hammett – review

I apologize if this seems like blasphemy. The Continental Op is hired by Poisonville local Donald Wilsson but Wilsson is murdered before they meet face to face. The Op investigates the murder and quickly crosses paths with Donald’s father Elihu. It doesn’t take long before he manages to strong arm old Elihu into hiring...

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The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M Cain – review

November 4, 2010
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The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M Cain – review

This book has been written about for close to 80 years so there probably isn’t anything I can contribute to that “conversation” that hasn’t been added by someone else before. In case you’ve been living under a rock or just woke up from 76 year long coma, The Postman Always Rings Twice is about...

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Death Wish by Brian Garfield – review

November 1, 2010
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Death Wish by Brian Garfield – review

There is something so refreshingly simple about a man (or woman in the case of Sympathy for Lady Vengeance or Kill Bill) who is wronged and decides “Fuck it; I’m going to exact my own brand of swift, vigilante, street-justice on whoever I so choose.” Paul Benjamin, an accountant living in New York, has...

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Downtown by Ed McBain – review

October 27, 2010
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Downtown by Ed McBain – review

The only McBain novels I’ve read are I’m Canon-For Hire/The Gutter and the Grave, Cop Hater, and The Mugger; the latter two are police procedurals, so I didn’t really know what to expect when I cracked open Downtown. I had never heard anything about it because I assume the 87th precinct novels overshadow just...

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