No Direction Home, by Nick Quantrill (Fahrenheit Press, 2020)

Former Hull PI Joe Geraghty finds unwanted trouble in Amsterdam. A sharp stand-alone short story – and a precursor for a new Geraghty novel in 2020 – that works as a fine entry point to the series and its author’s work. The first of Fahrenheit Press’s Fahrenzine imprint of lo-fi zine-style limited edition noir chapbooks, designated #FHZ001. A series to watch.

My own books are here, if that’s your thing. Newest is noir thriller East of England

 

Richard Stark’s Parker: The Hunter, by Darwyn Cooke, adapted from the novel by Richard Stark (IDW Publishing, 2012)

New York 1962: a left-for-dead heist operator seeks revenge and the money he’s owed. Fantastic graphic novel adaptation of the Stark/Donald E Westlake thriller. Cooke’s swift dark style and his monochrome renderings capture the prose well, giving the tale a brutal cinematic sweep. Recommended.

My own books are here, if that’s your thing. Newest is noir thriller East of England

Eight Million Ways to Die, by Lawrence Block, John K Snyder III, and Frank Cvetkovic (IDW Publishing, 2018)

A graphic novel adaptation of Block’s fifth Matthew Scudder mystery. And a splendid thing it is too, distilling the book expertly, and conveying it in great noir imagery. Here’s hoping other Scudder books get the same treatment from this team. Recommended (as is the source novel series).

My own books are here, if that’s your thing. Newest is noir thriller East of England

The Hitcher, by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas (Arrow Books, 2018)

A monograph on the 1986 road movie/horror hybrid, patterned after the approach of the BFI Classics series. While there’s some interesting material on pre-production and casting, this is not a good effort. Variable writing and editing, with assertions rather than arguments cluttering the thin text. Unfortunately, I was disappointed.

My own books are here, if that’s your thing. Newest is noir thriller East of England

GBH, by Ted Lewis (No Exit Press, 2018 [Sphere, 1980])

Then: George Fowler’s criminal empire crumbles. Now: Fowler’s in hiding, dreading the inevitable, haunted by what he did in retaliation. Excellent, bleak, and brutal neo-noir that’s as adept with the grime of the porn industry as it is with the low-key menace of out-of-the-way seaside towns. Lots to admire in this final novel from Lewis, newly-reissued.

My own books here, if that’s your thing. Newest is noir thriller East of England.

 

Spider-Man Noir: The Complete Collection, by David Hine, Fabrice Sapolsky, Carmine di Giandomenico and others (Marvel, 2019)

Spider-Man’s origin, and his clashes with the Green Goblin, Otto Octavius and others, retold with a 1930s setting. Fun reworking of existing ideas and characters, with a nod to the Spider-Verse. Accessible for newbies like me – which helps – and gleeful in its mashup of Expressionism and PI tropes. Not essential, but diverting.

My own books are here, if that’s your thing. Newest is noir thriller East of England.