Reviews and Blog Posts: noir

Numbercruncher

by Simon Spurrier

DPL Rating:
4

Have you ever felt like we're all just numbers, being watched over by the great cosmic accountant? Welcome to the world of Numbercruncher. In this genre-mashup graphic novel (the creator describes it as a "metaphysical black-comedy romantic crime noir thriller"), genius Richard Thyme dies young, but not before figuring out...

Angelmaker a novel

by Nick Harkaway

DPL Rating:
4

I tried to read this, but for some reason I couldn’t get in to it. I listened to it instead and I’m really glad I gave the book a second chance. Brilliantly read by Daniel Weyman, Angelmaker is about a thingamabob created in the heat of World War II by...

Chicagoland Detective Agency. No. 1, The drained brains caper

by Trina Robbins

DPL Rating:
4

Growing up, I always loved a good mystery and this is no exception. I really appreciated how The Drained Brains Caper was set up like an old school noir film. A dame walks in and... well I won't give anything away, but anyone who is a fan of noir will...

The Sisters brothers

by Patrick deWitt

DPL Rating:
4

This tale introduces the Sisters brothers, a pair of hired guns sent to protect the interests of the Comodore during the California Gold Rush.  As the first western I had ever read, I found myself pleasantly surprised.  "The Sisters Brothers" was a quick paced book that kept me surprised time...

Alex

by Pierre Lemaître

DPL Rating:
3

A young woman named Alex is kidnapped from the street in Paris, held in a wooden crate in an abandoned warehouse, is waiting to die. Police Commandant Camille Verhoeven reluctantly takes the case--his wife was kidnapped and murdered, and his boss needs him to focus on new cases, not dwell...

Desperado : a mile high noir

by Manuel Ramos

DPL Rating:
3

       Set in Denver's North Side, Manuel Ramos noir centers around Gus Corral, a recently divorced second hand store manager who is down in the dumps. A chance meeting with an old high school acquaintance sets off a train of events with repercussions that stretch all the way...

Revival. Volume one, You're among friends

by Tim Seeley

DPL Rating:
3

Welcome to Wausau, Wisconsin, the world of Revival, billed as a "rural noir." This graphic format book is a contains mystery, the supernatural, an interesting spin on zombies, small town secrets, and interesting characters. The story opens on a day when 23 previously dead folks wake up and are seemingly...

The compleat Terminal city

by Dean Motter

DPL Rating:
4
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I have only lately become interested in comic books and especially graphic novels.  On the other hand, I have been an avid reader of science fiction novels since elementary school.  This interest brought me to read The Compleat Terminal City, written by Dean Motter and illustrated by Michael Lark.  A unique,...

Drive

by James Sallis

DPL Rating:
5
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“Much later, as he sat with his back against an inside wall of a Motel 6 just north of Phoenix, watching the pool of blood lap toward him, Driver would wonder whether he had made a terrible mistake.”

As first lines go, it doesn’t get much better than that. This book...

City Tales: City Noir

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This time around our travels take us to the darker side of the city.

Are you ready for the seamier side of your favorite city? The Akashic Books city noir series combines two of my favorite things: noir mysteries and great cities. Each anthology features original stories (by authors such as Lawrence Block, Stewart O'Nan, Pete Hamill and Michael Connelly) set in a "distinct neighborhood or location within the city."

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