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Looking for a terrific collection of gritty, hard-boiled crime fiction with great characters, twisty plots and humor? Then your search is over with this assemble of ELEVEN original short stories from the writer of Desperados. Greed, murder, corruption, and violence served with healthy dozes of jet-black humor, all of that and more within the pages of this breezy short story collection. A collection of pulpy crime fiction at its gritty best. A collection you will not soon forget.
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Absorbing : Vividly Written and Impossible to Forget
The short story can be a powerful form of prose fiction and Verge Le Noir’s Shell Casings is certainly testament to that. An absorbing anthology of crime stories infused with irreverent sophisticated comic flair .They can be enjoyed separately or in cohesive order ,each embraces the human condition leaving a taste of distorted morality behind . Somehow both complex and spare these tales sparkle with a sense of the new while paying homage to the chieftains of pulpy crime noir. Satisfying and written with integrity and inspiration . 5 out of 5 stars
I derive a lot of reading pleasure from trying books and stories from authors that are – shall we say – less well known. Verge Le Noir would probably fall into that category. A bit of Amazon browsing last year had me coming across his first story collection – Black Pills & Red Bullets – a collection I took a punt on and enjoyed. His second collection is even stronger. 11 stories weighing in at 140-odd pages, I raced through the collection in a day and a half – finishing off whilst my wife and daughter were walking the glass platform at Tower Bridge in London. Laughing like a drain at Suburban Postcard – drew me some funny looks from the rest of the tourists! Violence, sex, revenge, robbery, racism, murder, food and more all laced with touches of black humour. A scene in Black Day still has me chuckling when a couple of cops visit a biker gang’s clubhouse and the dude on the door is reading the author’s first book! Highly recommended, with not a dud in the bunch. The other standouts for me were Half Past Dead and The Lucky Bones. I’ll be keen to see what our enigmatically monikored author does next. Cool name – cool collection. 4.5 out of 5
A walk in the dark, seedy, scheming mind of an altered psyche that can do anything with incredible odds against them. Eleven stories with a style of pulp noir fiction. The stories can be read randomly or from cover to cover. I am not a fan of short stories, however these are an exception. I really did “Dig it”. Crime stories with a hint of dark comedy and panache. I would read more, that I am certain. 4 out of 5 stars
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