- File Size: 808 KB
- Print Length: 322 pages
- Publisher: Wild Wolf Publishing (March 21, 2011)
- Publication Date: March 21, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004TAFNCM
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,325,274 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Top Customer Reviews
Supposed to take place about time of WWII???. Seemed like sometimes he was writing about England, just things he
I wont read more by this author. Glad it was a free book.
I have always loved Chandler's work and usually find myself comparing anything in the same genre to him.Well guess who has a new benchmark?
I am still smiling at the pristine and rapid fire dialogue. 1940's USA and it's all there...the attitude, the sights, smells, sounds of that time and place are alive and well and living on these pages, luring you in and holding you captive.
I dare you not to smile at the verbal exchanges. The pacing is as perfect as it gets, author Simon Swift doesn't rush you through, he uses his unique style to edge you into that marvelous state of "I must know more!"
Don't misunderstand, the characterizations lose nothing in this pace. They are rich and intensely visual.
I am putting this on my list of best books for 2011.
Do yourselves a favor...read it.
The book kept me reading, and underneath the badly-edited prose and rather hackneyed dialogue there was a good plot and interesting characters (all of them men - the women are pretty one-dimensional). Although the book is primarily set in 1945, there was no period feel at all, especially with regard to the women's clothing and behaviour, and no mention of the war currently going on, even if Black and his partner Wentz were veterans of Guadalcanal. The dialogue was often clunky, and there was lots of info-dumping which added nothing to the story. It really needed better editing, since there were also lots of inconsistencies and anachronisms.
So, if bad prose puts you off, don't try this book, but if you're a fan of plot above all, it is exciting and relatively fast-moving.
That being said, there are a few things that really, REALLY bothered me. First, PLEASE learn to use a semicolon properly!!! There were numerous run ons in the novel. Secondly, the story is set in New York during the 1940's, so don't use metric measurement. People didn't drink liters of liquor; they drank pints or fifths.
Also, "Playboy" magazine is mentioned. This didn't even exist until roughly a decade later.
I was stumped when he mentions a basque. I had never heard this term in relation to clothing before and had to look it up (It is a chemise,BTW).
I am a major gear head and the mention of two English car models REALLY bothered me. Stick to low-power American coupes for a hard-core detective from this era; an honest one couldn't afford anything flashier.
These are all minor issues, but they kept me from giving this great story five enthusiastic stars. It is still a good read and a nice example of detective noir.
First off, let me say I do not read a lot of noir style pulp fiction, so I am sure a lot of the beauty of this book is completely lost on me. However, I do enjoy books set in the 30s and 40s, so in many ways, this book did appeal to me. The setting was very thorough, I really felt as though I were watching an old Bogart movie as the story unfolded.
Character development was also done quite skillfully. No one is who you think they are; however, the characters shed light on their true natures throughout the book. I love that there are twists and turns all over the plot, it keeps things interesting. If I more often read this type of novel, I would have been able to keep up with the plot a little better I think. Lots of complexity that suspense and thriller readers will love.
If I have one critique, it is that the voice of the narrator, Errol Black, seemed to change in tiny ways. Most of the time, he is a hard hitting American man in New York, but every now and then he uses some British slang that seemed to not mesh with his personality (words like flat instead of apartment, and knickers instead of panties). And a couple of times, the future was referenced in a way that made me temporarily leave the 1940s setting. But, again, these are tiny details. All in all, a book that suspense, thriller, and noir readers will enjoy.