- 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: #1,627,924 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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.
With so many motives and opportunities for murder it was hard to eliminate any of the suspects. The characters are shady with motivations of greed and lust. I found it interesting that one of the characters is based on the real life gangster, Dutch Schultz This book had such a vintage feel to it. Simon Swift did a great job sorting out the details of this time period to make it as authentic as possible. I absolutely loved the 1940's New York setting. This book had everything I had expected to find in a noir and more. The story is very entertaining and definitely worth reading. Black Shadows is the first book in the Errol Black trilogy.
I like jewel thefts and mysteries like "The Maltese Falcon" where an object is sought as much a suspect. This was cleverly done and kept me speculating. All in all, a strongly told detective novel with an enhancing protagonist.
Only a couple of minor complaints. One of the female characters is described as having a Playboy type body about a decade before Playboy bunnies. The word "moped" wasn't coined until the 1950's. There were a couple of other terms that bothered me, but I didn't bother to fact check. If the author couldn't be bothered, why should I.
If you aren't annoyed as easily as I am by editing issues (and there are multiple typos in the kindle version) you'll certainly enjoy the story and the characters.
Swift's male characters are more developed and interesting than the females. Both villains and heros have multiple facets. The female characters are fairly one dimensional and not as interesting. A good new mystery overall.