- Paperback: 372 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2.5 edition (August 27, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1500751340
- ISBN-13: 978-1500751340
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 31 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,800,951 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Chris Garson is a retired IT executive living in Cleveland, Ohio. In addition to Perk Noir, a contemporary novel, he wrote The Curse of Arvyl’s Folly and Madness Ascendant, the first two volumes of an epic fantasy series, numerous short stories, management essays and Section 6: A Memoir of Family, Football and Fandom. ChrisGarsonWrites.com
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I will say the characters are so well written and complex . The main character in the book for me is actually PERK NOIR, the jazz inspired coffee house. The shop holds so many memories and secrets that are just waiting to be unraveled. Mason is a good ole boy who use to play football, loves his dog and writes about a spy named Mia with her killer vagina . He is also on a quest to become an all knowing Perk kensie on all things lightening Perkins . When we first meet Mason we think of him as a good ole boy that loves his coffee and writing . As the story goes along there is much more going on inside that head of Mason's. He is suffering from something that happened in his NFL days that are making him rethink his sanity at one point . When we meet Shelly she is the quintessential fan girl / cosplayer . As we watch her and Mason grow closer we see them both mature and become more to each other then they want to admit. She is the kick in the ass that Mason needs to get through what he needs to do . To me they are a pretty kick ass couple that grow stronger with each turn of the page.
This book is a great weekend read . The author takes us on such an adventure and mixes in a little danger and romance. This book had me reading well into the night I just couldn't put it down . To me it had it all, history, some good comic relief and great pop culture references that will keep you reading . The big twist at the end was a mind blower for me . I so didn't see it coming at all . I must say that I was giggling and laughing at a few scenes in this book and I was also on the edge of my seat throughout most of the reading . the author balanced the comedy and the seriousness of the book quite well . I will also tell you and give you fair warning . If you start this book in the evening you will stay up late and have a book hangover. So if you want a great read for the lazy days at the cabin check it out .
Several mysteries entwine and compel in Chris Garson's quirky, humorous, and thought-provoking novel. Psychic events and scientific understandings validate the same phenomenon. Chris draws the reader into a fast moving (clearly fueled by much Perk) mystery of many levels. History including Lightning, the famous jazz pianist, (who is he?), continuing racism, romance, personal growth, Hollywood, and family dysfunction combine to guarantee a satisfying experience of laughter, surprise, and resolution.