Reviews and Blog Posts: noir

Depth

by Lev AC Rosen

Reviewer Rating:
4

Noir mystery in a totally unique setting makes Depth better than your average private eye adventure. Simone Pierce inherited her detective agency from her father, and has been tracking down stolen goods and photographing cheating spouses all her life. She's doing this in a future, flooded, New York City--the ice...

The big sleep

by Raymond Chandler

Reviewer Rating:
5

I wake up dazed and disoriented after reading Raymond Chandler, feeling much like I do after a night of drinking. Consciousness creeps up on me before I can get out of the way. I feel a bit wicked, my body too heavy to move, my mouth too dry to speak....

Cry father

by Benjamin Whitmer

Reviewer Rating:
5

This one hits like a blow to the chest, knocking the wind right out and leaving you with a feeling of falling. As the pages turn and the story unfolds, you begin to realize that it’s the falling that is really getting to you, not so much that initial hit....

Frank Miller's Sin City. vol. 4. That yellow bastard

by Frank Miller

Reviewer Rating:
5

One of my favorite parts about the Sin City series is that they can be read out of order, as time and characters do not remain entirely consistent throughout the series. Of all the books in the series this one is by far my favorite. The introduction of color into...

Numbercruncher

by Simon Spurrier

Reviewer 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

Reviewer 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

Reviewer 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

Reviewer 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

Reviewer 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

Reviewer 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...

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