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- Publisher: Short Stack Books (November 1, 2016)
- Publication Date: November 1, 2016
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01M2541HM
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But amidst the lightheartedness of some of the references you can find dark, pulpy fiction with hearts being broken, loyalties being tested, and full-on shock value. There is gunfire and high-heeled hookers slipping on cocaine spread across the floor like flea powder. Then, of course, is the dark foreboding knowledge that you got to pay for your sins, but there are a lot of people who haven't paid for a thing yet and "Maybe there's no such thing as sin. Maybe it's just a lie wounded people tell themselves to sleep at night." Wow. That's pulp fiction in nutshell.
Great collection of authors here. Some you are probably familiar with if you read recent crime fiction anthologies. Some you may never have heard of. DeWildt, Barth, Lang, Pool, Vilharo and the others are worth looking up to see what else they have produced.
What really is great about this collection is how many of the authors stuck like glue to the theme of the eighties and how the offhand references to the music, the hairstyles, the clothing, and the cars of the eighties gives way to something far darker and more sinister than just another Fast Times at Ridgemont High. In sum, this is a really enjoyable collection. Read it.
The eighteen short stories presented are all first rate, some better than others, but not a bad one in the bunch. An added bonus is the '80's backdrop. I was 13-years-old when the '80's began, twenty-three when they ended, so I guess it could be said that they were my formative years. While I was not particularly nostalgic for that time it was such fun to revisit it through these stories.
And make no mistake, these stories are chock full of authentic '80's pop-culture references:
"No doy." "No way, Jose." "...and the horse you rode in on!" Wrestle Mania, Duran Duran, Oingo Boingo, Love Connection with Chuck Woolery, cassette tapes, Sony Walkman, and MTV actually played music videos.
As an added bonus there is even a story featuring Crockett and Tubbs - the characters from the Miami Vice television show.
Okay, so enough of the '80's nerd geek-out. Some of the stories in this collection are universal, they would be the same no matter when they were set, a few changes here and there and they could easily be set in any era. Others are so completely part of the decade that they could not take place anywhen else - they simply would not make sense at any other time before or after. And, frankly, there are even two or three that get a little carried away with the "totally awesome '80's" vibe to the point that it gets mildly annoying.
I highly recommend this to any fan of noir with even a passing interest in the '80's. It's also pretty good even if you aren't much of an '80's fan but enjoy a good noir yarn. It's a fun read!
***Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for allowing me the opportunity to read and review this title.
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