Thursday, December 3, 2015

Book review: "Junkie!" by Jonathan Craig

Junkie!Junkie! by Jonathan Craig
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A cool and smoky noir with trumpet player Steve, former prostitute and junkie girlfriend Kathy, the Boogie piano playing ex-girlfriend Lois, and the nymphomaniac Donna cranking out murders and double-crosses against the backdrop of 1950's Washington DC Jazz clubs. Not nearly as sleazy as it sounds, I found the story compelling, and really dug the whole Jazz musician vibe.

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Friday, October 16, 2015

Book review: "Black Wings Has My Angel" by Eliott Chaze

Black Wings Has My AngelBlack Wings Has My Angel by Elliott Chaze
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

"Black Wings Has My Angel" is a top notch 1950s noir propelled by the compelling relationship between Tim the narrator, the the femme fatale Virginia, who is surprisingly well realized for a female character from this era and genre. Essential reading for fans of noir fiction.

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Friday, October 2, 2015

Book review: "The Cheaters" by Orrie Hitt

The CheatersThe Cheaters by Orrie Hitt
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

"The Cheaters" is an entertaining and fast paced noir about a loser that finds a job in a seedy bar in a grimy town and becomes sexually obsessed with the owners wife. The sexuality was probably fairly salacious for 1960, but is very tame in comparison to modern erotica/romance novels.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Book review: "The Lesbian Pulp MEGAPACK: Three Complete Novels" by Fletcher Flora

The Lesbian Pulp MEGAPACK TM: Three Complete NovelsThe Lesbian Pulp MEGAPACK TM: Three Complete Novels by Fletcher Flora
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

All three novels are worth reading. The first two are hindered by unsympathetic lesbian characters, which was probably typical for lesbian pulp novels of that time period. The third was the best, with likable characters, engaging plot, and crackling smart dialog. None of the novels offer graphic depictions of sexuality, or sleaze, and the lesbianism is mostly implied. Mr. Flora is clearly a talented author. Not sure how he ended up writing lesbian pulp fiction.

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Sunday, September 6, 2015

"Verdict" Pulp magazine from July, 1953

Includes stories from several pulp-noir writers including Cornell Woolrich, Dorothy B. Hughes, Bruno Fischer, and Henry Kane. Verdict - July, 1953


Friday, September 4, 2015

Book review: "Draw the Curtain Close" by Thomas B. Dewey

Draw the Curtain Close: Mac Detective Series #1Draw the Curtain Close: Mac Detective Series #1 by Thomas B. Dewey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Hard boiled detective "Mac" gets himself involved in a murder mystery. This is a very encouraging start to Dewey's "Mac" Detective Series of books. I intend to read more of them.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Book review: "The Black Dahlia" by James Ellroy

The Black Dahlia (L.A. Quartet, #1)The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The main characters in "The Black Dahlia" are largely out of control and obsessed with a horrific Hollywood murder. The story threatens to run off the rails numerous times, however Ellroy manages to pull the various plot lines and characters together for a surprising and satisfying ending.

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Sunday, March 8, 2015

Book review: "Posse from Hell" by Clair Huffaker

Posse From HellPosse From Hell by Clair Huffaker
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I don't read as many westerns as I used to, but when I do I wish that they could be as good as this one. After the town of Paradise is brutally robbed by a gang of fearsome outlaws young deputy Banner Cole and a ragtag and generally inept posse attempt to bring the outlaws to justice. Well paced and action packed the novel is a quick read. Mr. Huffier is a fine writer with large catalog of novels and TV shows under his belt.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Poe Toaster?

I'm here on Poe's birthday.