San Francisco. Summer, 1947. A dame walks into a saloon . . .Its not every afternoon that an enigmatic, comely blonde named Stilton (like the cheese) walks into the scruffy gin joint where Sammy "Two Toes" Tiffin tends bar. Its love at first sight, but before Sammy can make his move, an Air Force general named Remy arrives with some urgent business. Cause when you need something done, Sammy is the guy to go to; hes got the connections on the street.Meanwhile, 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. But the real weirdness is happening on the streets of the City by the Bay.When one of Sammys schemes goes south and the Cheese mysteriously vanishes, Sammy is forced to contend with his own dark secretsand more than a few strange goings onif he wants to find his girl....
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Fans of Christopher Moore's wacky farces will find much to appreciate here, and narrator Johnny Heller adds to the amusement with an impressive array of impersonations--James Cagney, Brando's Godfather, Mae West and more--to characterize those who populate this satire of and, in many ways, ode to the hard-boiled--noir--crime novels of the 40s and 50s. Our hero, Sammy Tiffin, is no Sam Spade, but when a dame (Stilton, named for the cheese) walks into his saloon, he's hooked. And when she disappea ...more
A new favorite from Christopher Moore! NOIR perfectly balanced sweet characters, film noir style and lingo, and Moore's trademark humor. In short, I loved it. It may actually be in my top 5 favorite Chris Moore books.
Sammy is a bartender who plans a get rich quick scheme that doesn't take long to go horribly awry. While he's trying to clean up the mess, he is also wooing a dame that entered his life named Stilton (aka The Cheese), and avoiding the "men in black" who are searching for the myster ...more
Noir is a satire / humorous take of the more serious noir genre with a twist. In it, the reader is taken down a dark alley laughing all the way as our faithful protagonist Sammy ‘Two Toes’ Tiffin goes from bartender with puppy love to entrepreneur to crime fighting extraordinaire.
From sketchy business ideas involving snake urine, to dog pizza (pizza made for dogs, not dogs as an ingredient), author Christopher Moore light-heartily jumps to plot elements encompassing rich fat cats out for a good ...more
I won a advance readers edition of this novel on the Goodreads site. I enjoyed this offering in just about any way a reader can. The characters were original and interesting as was the strange and very original plot. The style of writing, the prose in the equation, was also very original. Moore seemed to be trying to write in a late 1940's style. I do not know if he succeeded or not but I enjoyed the effort. All in all, a very enjoyable and comedic writing which I would highly recommend.
This isn't a totally trademark Christopher Moore book, but you know what? I'm totally OK with that. People evolve and frankly I didn't want to read a formulaic novel.
I struggled a bit at first - I think Moore was working on creating the Noir feel and it just felt like a lot of words going nowhere. But I'm a fan and I knew that it couldn't be that far off the mark, so I needed to persevere. What came next was maybe a little sophisticated that we perhaps expect.
San Francisco 1947. Your ragtag bu ...more
Fantastic atmosphere, laugh out loud bits in a couple of places, fun new characters, etc. The snap shot of 1947 San Francisco was lovely, and the author's note at the end added some perspective. Looking forward to the author talk on May 8, 2018 at Bookshop Santa Cruz.
NOIR. (2018). Christopher Moore. **.
Years ago I used to follow and read Moore’s novels, but somehow got side-tracked and stopped reading him on a regular basis. I do remember reading his early work and looking forward to any new issues of his. When I saw that this was a new novel by Mr. Moore, I thought I’d try and pick up the thread where I had left off, and see what he was up to. Frankly, I was disappointed. The book was set in the 1950s and 60s in San Francisco, and tells the story of Sammy “ ...more