Posts tagged with "Noir"

Posted by mingh on 11/11/11
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Former Homicide Detective Ben Decovic is still trying to understand the death of his wife at the hands of a gunman. As a police officer, he understands that not every event has a reason. But he keeps thinking that if his wife was only five minutes late for her appoinment she would still be alive. Not able to continue working at the unit that could not solve his wife's murder, he has taken the role of beat officer in a community near Myrtle Beach. Decovic hopes that by returning to the lesser role of patrol, it will help him get away from his memories of her horrible death.
While investigating a break-in at a local strip joint, he is beaten and his gun stolen. The gun is later used to kill two people. While patroling his area he happens upon an investigation into the death of a beverage magnate who was well-liked in the community. The only witness is a man struggling with Alzheimers.
Ben's homicide instincts kick in and he begins to work behind the scenes when he finds the Homicide Detectives unwilling to listen to his ideas.  The bodies start to pile up in this mystery and all the mayor cares about is that it doesn't affect the tourists. Is everyone on the take?
The action moves pretty fast in this dark mystery of secrets and lies. Hopefully we will get to see more of Officer Ben Decovic.

Posted by cclapper on 10/06/11
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84 A. D. -- Aquae Sulis, Roman Province of Britannia (today- Bath, England):  Sacred springs are calming.  At least, that is the common understanding.  As Arcturus, physician to the Provincial governor, delivers his disturbed wife to the site, the spring does, indeed, seem to have brought serenity to its current bather.  He floats serene.  And, unhappily, dead.  Arcturus is snagged into another investigation... one that will take him into Roman burial grounds, buried aqueducts, and after buried minerals.  Will he wind up buried, as well?
Sounds like a wild ride!  Billed as a 'noir' (think Sam Spade, and that cursed Falcon...), but set in ancient Roman-occupied Britain.  With Arcturus, our detective, poking into every dark corner, every Imperial shadow cast across the Roman Empire.  Instructive- in an enjoyable way.
(For another perspective on this province and period, try Ruth Downie's Medicus series.  A second medical opinion...) 
The Curse-Maker follows Kelli Stanley's first Imperial Rome noir, Nox Dormienda, where we originally ran across Arcturus.  Stanley has also opened some windows onto San Francisco in the 1940's... and has won critical attention from historical fiction fans.  What do you think?

Posted by Ultra Violet on 08/15/11
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If you're a classic film buff who likes Douglas Adams and Dashiell Hammett, here's the book for you. Futuristic Melbourne is the setting for a noir-style mystery filled with movie references.

Posted by Katie M on 04/16/18
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Hari Kunzru is the award-winning author of five novels and a short story collection; his most recent book, White Tears, was a PEN/Jean Stein Book Award finalist and listed on many Best of 2017 lists. I picked it up after seeing it on the list of finalists for the community read for New York City and found it to be compelling, haunting and original.

Described by the publisher as “a literary thriller and a meditation on art–who owns it, who can consume it, and who profits from it,” it centers around two college friends, Seth and Carter, who start a music production business, with a focus on serving artists who want their music to sound authentically timeworn, like the old blues vinyl Carter obsessively collects. One day, Seth discovers he’s recorded an unknown blues singer in a park and Carter puts the file online, where he claims it’s an old recording by a made-up musician named Charlie Shaw. In action-packed and dramatic fashion, both young men find themselves in over their heads, to great consequence, after a music collector tells them their recording is genuine.

The book has a strong start, becomes confusing and a bit muddled at its climax, only to finish in a shocking, if not completely unexpected, manner.  Overall, this is a well-written, thought-provoking and timely novel that looks at cultural appropriation and power in American culture head-on. I recommend it to those interested in modern literary fiction or noir mysteries.

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