Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Kent Harrington. Maybe one of the best writers alive today. Do not miss his work if you really know what is good for you!



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 Last Ferry Home

Kent Harrington. Polis, $15.99 trade paper (320p) ISBN 978-1-943818-86-0

San Francisco homicide detective Michael O’Higgins, the hero of this haunting tale of loss from Harrington (Dark Ride), has yet to recover from the trauma of his wife’s death in a boating accident outside the Golden Gate Bridge. A year after the tragedy, the sight of open water still paralyzes him. Therapy hasn’t helped and he’s sent his teen daughter to his sister in Sacramento. On his first day back at work after bereavement leave, O’Higgins realizes that investigating a double murder at a Pacific Heights mansion won’t be routine, because one victim is Indian businessman Rishi Chaundry, whose father is poised to become India’s next prime minister, and the other is Bharti Kumar, the family nanny. The police suspect Rishi’s widow, Asha, who may have been jealous of her husband’s attentions to the attractive young Bharti—and who later encounters a charming art dealer who could be a serial killer. O’Higgins’s affair with a female cop who has severe anger issues complicates the case. San Francisco native Harrington uses his trademark narrative jumps to heighten the suspense in this long-awaited return to his dark hometown turf. (Mar.)

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Saturday, January 13, 2018

NoirCon Alumna and Alumni in 2018



THE MOST ANTICIPATED CRIME, MYSTERY, AND THRILLER TITLES OF 2018

FROM TRUE CRIME TO SHAKESPEARE NOIR, PART ONE OF OUR LOOK AT 2018'S DARKEST READS


Richard Brewer & Gary Phillips (eds), Culprits: The Heist was Only the Beginning 
Richard Brewer and Gary Phillips, two of crime fiction’s best, have devised a novel idea for an anthology. A heist is executed, then as usual, it goes sideways. What is unusual is that the fallout is then written as short stories by the likes of David Corbett, Gar Anthony Haywood, and Zoe Sharp each focusing on an individual member of the robbery. Not only is this a great idea, with the people involved, it should be one that is well executed.Scott Montgomery, MysteryPeople 
                  Laura Lippman, Sunburn 
Is there any author you’d rather see channeling her inner James M. Cain? Lippman’s latest novel is inspired by that master of disorienting suspense. A man and a woman, seemingly drifters, cross paths one summer day in a quiet village in Delaware. Centripetal force takes over and their relationship grows more intense, with increasingly sinister undertones.
Mosley’s newest standalone has the markings of a classic hard-boiled New York novel, beginning when a troubled private eye takes a case with echoes from his own traumatic past that pits him against the NYPD and city officials. It’s also a poignant page-turner whose larger themes – corruption, institutional racism, and the horrors of solitary confinement – speak to some of today’s most pressing issues. –Charles Perry, The Mysterious Bookshop

Kent Anderson, Green Sun 
Anderson’s first new novel in nearly two decades is cause enough for celebration. Green Sun is about a morally distressed cop in 1980’s Oakland, so it’s sure to plenty of cultural resonance. Anderson has a reputation as a “writer’s writer.” If you haven’t read him before, follow your favorite authors’ example and dive into his work now.
Alison Gaylin, If I Die Tonight
Gaylin continues her exploration of celebrity and murder begun by her last book, What Remains of Me, but takes a turn away from the depersonalized gaze of the paparazzi in favor of the all-too-personal panopticon of social media, as a mother tries to protect her children online and offline after a hit-and-run in town is blamed on her eldest, despite the involvement of a faded pop star, who’s claimed-to-be-stolen vintage car is responsible for the deed.
Fuminori Nakamura, Cult X
Fans of Japanese modernism will delight at Nakamura’s latest, Cult X, a Ryu Murakami-esque tale of two cults and their charismatic leaders, one defined by abstemious behavior, and the other by excess. One man is sent by each cult to spy on the other, while searching for his lost (and possibly dangerous) ex-girlfriend. Long asides about Buddhism and the nature of reality, like the banal conversations of a Tarantino film, only add to the novel’s sense of menace.
Megan Abbott, Give Me Your Hand
Abbott’s latest to explore the complexities of womanhood, Give Me Your Hand, takes us on a journey through friendships forged by science, wrecked by secrets, and plagued by academic competition. Fierce loyalties turn to fiercer rivalries in a novel that’s sure to pass the Bechdel Test on just about every page.
Wallace Stroby, Some Die Nameless 
Stroby, already a crime fiction luminary, is channeling his inner Elmore Leonard more and more these days, and this time he’s headed to Leonard’s old stomping grounds, a Florida populated by rogues, hustlers, reporters, and mercenaries. Expect some quality thrills and madcap action.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

NoirCon 2018 - MONA



NoirCon 2018 is our tenth year!
NoirCon began in 2008.
So much time, so many books and so many friends.
NoirCon 2018 will be no different!
Make sure you are there for the next 10 years!
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Saturday, January 6, 2018

NoirCon 2018 - Jonathan Woods comments on NoirCon 2018



"Short of my funeral, I’m planning to be @ Noircon 2018 - also known as the Noircon Biennial. Highlight of 2018."  

                                    Jonathan Woods










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Thursday, January 4, 2018

NoirCon 2018 - BOOPTEE





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Have you registered?


Stay tuned for a tentative list of panelists.

NoirCon will never disappoint!

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Kent Anderson's GREEN SUN receives rave reviews! Make sure you do not miss this work!


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KIRKUS REVIEW


Hanson, Anderson’s endlessly conflicted cop hero, leaves Portland (Night Dogs, 1996) for Oakland. It’s a marriage made in hell.
It’s no surprise that most of his fellow officers take against Hanson, who doesn’t so much color outside the lines as operate on a frequency where the lines don’t appear. Lt. Garber tries to get him to drop out of the police academy because he’s too old, too set in his ways, and too noncompliant. The more practically minded Sgt. Jackson uses him as a crash-test dummy in training exercises. Officers Barnes and Durham use him to set up a suspect they’re after in full knowledge that they’re setting him up, too. Hanson, who thinks of himself as a social worker with a gun, never fights back, but he often zones out in the manner of a Kurt Vonnegut hero. As the months go by, he befriends Weegee, a street-smart kid; he quietly lusts after Racine, who’s called the cops on her abusive live-in; he keeps crossing swords with drug lord Felix Maxwell, though, in the manner of Kabuki warriors, neither of them ever seems to land a blow; he sees a vision of a black rabbit at the Mormon Temple; he responds to any number of complaints by defusing the situation and reporting that there’s nothing to report. Nearly half of Hanson’s violent, poetically rendered rookie year in Oakland has passed before some, though by no means all, of these plotlines begin to converge, and when they do, it’s like watching a finely crafted short story emerge from a novel-length chrysalis.
Read Anderson for great scenes and an appealingly contrary hero, and the absence of the traditional kinds of genre coherence, not to mention suspense, won’t bother you a bit.

BOOKLIST
Issue: January 1, 2018
Green Sun. Anderson, Kent (Author)
Feb 2018. 352 p. Little, Brown/Mulholland, hardcover, $27. (9780316466806). e-book, $13.99. (9780316466820).
Anderson doesn’t publish much, but when he does, it’s something to remember. This is his third novel about Officer Hanson, whose life pretty much parallels the author’s own: a tour in Vietnam (Sympathy for the Devil, 1987), followed by work as a patrol cop with the Portland, Oregon, police department (Night Dogs, 1996), a stint as an English professor, and then a return to policing, this time with the Oakland PD in the crack-ridden 1980s. Anderson picks up the story in Oakland, where Hanson is riding solo through the city’s meanest streets, earning grudging respect from the largely African American residents for his refusal to behave like every other cop and alienating his fellow officers for the same reason. The novel’s episodic structure follows Hanson on his beat, and in the accretion of incidents, Anderson shows just how hard it is to be a good cop, to put mediation before violence, to solve disputes rather than setting a flame to them. From night to night, four figures keep popping up, like themes in a fugue: a bike-riding teen called Weegee; his aunt, Libya, to whom Hanson is attracted; a drug kingpin who befriends Hanson and tries to hire him; and a black rabbit that may be real and may not. All four come together in a wrenching finale that functions almost cathartically for both Hanson and the reader, a release from the emotional tension that has been building throughout the story. It is perhaps the perfect time for an honest, realistic, unflinching portrayal of a good cop, and Anderson delivers just that.
— Bill Ott

Praise for other works by Anderson:
"Kent Anderson has crafted a literary miracle here. We're transported to 'Nam and circa-'80 Oakland, reimagined as Hell, seen through the eyes of a crusading cop unique in the annals of police literature. This jazzy—and jazz influenced—novel is like the best of early Joseph Wambaugh. In Oaklandese: If I'm lyin', I'm flyin'!" —James Ellroy, New York Times bestselling author of Perfidia
Praise for NIGHT DOGS
New York Times Notable Book
"A brave novel. . . . Night Dogs [is] extraordinary. . . . This, despite its thriller trappings, is a story about a man's soul hanging in the balance." —Michael Harris, Los Angeles Times Book Review
Praise for SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL
"A wonderful achievement, written fluently and perceptively, and with the kind of unsparing intelligence that is rooted in careful observation-the best kind, for a novelist. Kent Anderson, a Special Forces veteran, is not going to tell us any lies about the matters most important to him. He knows what has happened to him, and he can put it into fiction that wounds and stings." —Peter Straub, The Washington Post

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

NoirCon 2018 - POPEYE




Happy Noir Year to one and all!
It is 2018 and that means NoirCon 2018 cannot be too far behind!
Remember to register early and often!
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