Noir

Noir

A Novel

Book - 2018
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San Francisco. Summer, 1947. An enigmatic, comely blonde named Stilton walks into the scruffy gin joint where Sammy "Two Toes" Tiffin tends bar. It's love at first sight, but before Sammy can make his move, an Air Force general named Remy arrives with some urgent business. A suspicious flying object has been spotted up the Pacific coast in Washington State near Mount Rainer, followed by a mysterious plane crash in a distant patch of desert in New Mexico that goes by the name Roswell. When one of Sammy's schemes goes south and the Cheese mysteriously vanishes, Sammy is forced to contend with his own dark secrets if he wants to find his girl.
Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2018]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062433978
0062433970
Characteristics: 339 pages ; 24 cm
Call Number: MOORE, C

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A zany noir set on the mean streets of post-World War II San Francisco, with loads of crazy characters!


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rexhazell
Apr 30, 2019

Not anywhere as good or funny as it thinks it is. I've never read this author before, and after this novel, I have no desire to try anything else he wrote. Go read Dashiell Hammett or Raymond Chandler instead, if you haven't already.

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kancler
Mar 14, 2019

This would be a fun read for any of us locals. It is set in early post-war San Francisco, and right-or-wrong, has a lot of city "lore". The plot is, as said in the reviews, "zany", but fun, with a lot of laugh-out-loud (I really seem to be into hyphens today) quips. I will be looking for some more from this author, whom I haven't before this time, noticed.

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looper46
Feb 08, 2019

Just an average C Moore novel...would be good for a flight SFO to Paris...

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Xambro7
Jan 29, 2019

This was my first Christopher Moore novel, and it's a "parody" of a dark genre, so it's not a regular CM novel, but anyway it's funny as blazes. I got 3 belly laughs, 5 moderate laughs and about a dozen snickers out of it. I don't know if it's "forced" but it's certainly entertaining!

Hillsboro_ElizabethH Oct 18, 2018

I love Christopher Moore - I've been reading his books for about 15 years now, and they don't usually disappoint. This one, however, felt a little forced. He's too much of a humor writer to write something dark, in my opinion. That being said, it was a quick read, and pretty enjoyable.

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dtaylz
Sep 10, 2018

I'm an ardent fan of Hammett and Chandler. They set the bar high; so far only Loren D Estleman has met it to my satisfaction. Other authors have attempted tributes to the noir genre, including Norman Mailer and Ray Bradbury, but they disappointed me. Luckily I sneaked a peek at Christopher Moore's afterword and read where he cheerfully admits his effort went astray, and explains just how, so I could read this book in the spirit of a Guys and Dolls type of lark (plus a space alien) and enjoy it as such. Not my favorite Moore novel but he's always fun.

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Charlea1
Aug 23, 2018

It's cute in that old bumbling Debbie Reyonlds movie way. Didn't have that C Moore feel though.

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Dave99_0
Aug 11, 2018

I did not find "Noir" to be a parody of the hardboiled private eye genre. The dialog reminds me of a Damon Runyon radio play. The book is also sentimental like a Damon Runyon radio play. Considering that the author breaks no new ground, I would rate "Noir" at only 2.50 stars.

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avocadotree
Jul 28, 2018

Moore's cheesy love story. Only several people die and there's some bad and offensive language. I've read all his books and this would be in my top three least favorite along with his attempts to spoof Shakespeare. Still it wasn't horrible.

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helen13
Jun 30, 2018

It doesn't seem to be Christopher Moore at his best, but it's still pretty good and totally outrageous. With very weird characters, some lovable, some not, and 1940's San Francisco settings in very strange places. A fun read, but not one of his best. Still worth the time.

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