Category Archives: Noir-esque fiction

The Painted Gun – Bradley Spinelli

(Reviewed by JD Jung) “I was in it now, there was no getting out. But since Ashley was painting creepy snapshots of my life, I guess I was always in it. The fact that I didn’t know what I was … Continue reading

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Archibald Lawless, Anarchist at Large – Walter Mosley

(Reviewed by JD Jung) “I spent that morning inside the mind of a madman or a genius or maybe outside of what Lawless refers to as the hive mind, the spirit that guides millions of heedless citizens through the aimless … Continue reading

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In the Café of Lost Youth – Patrick Modiano (Translated from the French by Chris Clarke)

(Reviewed by JD Jung) “I’ve always believed that certain places are like magnets and draw you towards them should you happen to walk within their radius. And this happens imperceptibly, without you even suspecting… It seems to me that because … Continue reading

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Memphis Noir – Laureen Cantwell and Leonard Gill (Editors)

(Reviewed by JD Jung) “He played his trumpet for her, blew it soft so it rolled around her curves, pushed all that suede the wrong way and then smoothed it over again. And she sang for him, hummed at first … Continue reading

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Run Baby Run – Michael Allen Zell

(Reviewed by JD Jung) “He’d been in two worlds his whole life. His tender spot. What gave him perspective and experience beyond most people. It was also what could wound him to the quick like nothing else. Why he lived … Continue reading

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Calling out to all Alfred Hitchcock fans!

(Reviewed by J.D. Jung) From the UnderratedReads archives – What You See in the Dark  by Manuel Muñoz “The woman had to live before she could die…Even if it was the vulgarity of real life—the needs and the mistakes, but also the … Continue reading

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Fatale – Jean-Patrick Manchette, Afterword by Jean Echenoz, (Translated from the French by Donald Nicholson-Smith)

(Reviewed by JD Jung) ” I don’t tell them I’m a killer. I’m a woman, and they wouldn’t take me seriously. I tell them that I know a killer. Sometimes I let them assume that he is my lover. That … Continue reading

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In Love – Alfred Hayes (with Introduction by Frederic Raphael)

(Reviewed by JD Jung) “The sense of well-being which had flooded through me as I sat at the table and thought of not having now the burden of another’s life on me had almost entirely vanished, and the humiliation of … Continue reading

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Errata – Michael Allen Zell

(Reviewed by JD Jung) “New Orleans seems to exist as a blank slate for outsiders to grasp and cast their own aspirations, pretenses, and prejudices upon. A few of the outsiders always end up lingering, holding fast, and adding to … Continue reading

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Busted Valentines and Other Dark Delights – Frank De Blase

(Reviewed by JD Jung) “‘Twas the night before the night before Christmas and Jack Frost was pissed.” That’s the intro to my favorite story, “The Night Before the Night Before Christmas” in Busted Valentines and Other Dark Delights. But what … Continue reading

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