I just finished reading a delightfully cheeky crime novel. It was relatively short and only took me part of an evening to read. The setting is post WWII USA a couple years after the war. It is a literary version of film noir crime dramas. Is there a literary term for that? There must be but I don’t know what it is. The description in Amazon calls it a noir thriller. I believe it all goes back to the French and the crime drama paperbacks called Series Noir that the film industry imitated.
The plot moved along quickly and the characters were appropriately shallow. We get enough background on most that we don’t need any more depth. The story is dark themed with plenty of booze, smoking, sleazy motels, dark alleys, the sexy dame, and even the alcoholic ex-cop P.I. down on his luck. All the right stereotypes for this genre.
I have to say that the British narrator is one of the main reasons I consider this a cheeky crime story. Americans just don’t think or say those things. However, I knew what most of the slang terms meant and most were appropriate for the time period. Although, there was one slang phrase which, as far as I could determine, was from a couple decades later therefore was rather anachronistic but perfect for the scene. There are no real good guys in the story, even the character who should be the ‘good guy’ is corruptible. Lets just say, there is no honor among thieves. Does noir ever have good guys anyway? After all it is the dark side.
If you like and old fashioned crime story that is a light read, fast paced, and entertaining then this is one you should try out. The story wrapped up nicely, well neatly, but I can see there is more to the series. I really did enjoy this short book. You can get it on Amazon Kindle Unlimited, and purchase isn’t much more, so what do you have to lose but a couple hours or so of light reading to take your mind off the cares of this world as you step into the world of Central City created by Adam C. Mitchell. I think I’ll go get the other three stories on KU too.