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Switchblade: Issue Four (Switchblade Volume One Book 4) Kindle Edition
Twisted and barbed like your ex; sharp and deadly like the femme fatale you know you can’t resist—Switchblade Issue Four: it ain’t your grandma’s Ellery Queen.
- ASIN : B078ZNMXRV
- Publisher : Caledonia Press (January 12, 2018)
- Publication date : January 12, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 52702 KB
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- Print length : 131 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,029,888 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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"Doch das Meser seigh man nicht" which features a Depression-Era NYC take on Mack the Knife.
"The Dark Gleaming Blade": where two women on the run afoul of a gang... but when you've got woodcraft and knife play on your side, anything is possible.
"Seen One, Seen 'Em All": a reflection on when a life goes right, and sometimes its a matter of being in the wrong place at the right time.
"The Herat Handshake": A PTSD veteran falls in with some bad company. But a man like that can be like a loaded gun with the safety off, and you never know when it might backfire.
"White Powder, Black Leather, Grey Badges": A ex-cop agrees to do a bit of surveillance for a biker gang. But when an opportunity presents itself, he just can't help but a get a bit more involved. If you've never read anything by A.B. Patterson before, this taste of what he's capable of is a great test to see if his raw, profane fiction is right for you.
The biggest downside: I bought it on Kindle and this issue doesn't support the usual bells and whistles, which made zooming in on the text impossible. Maybe not a downside if you are reading it on a larger reader, but trying to read it on my phone was painful.
Personal favorites include: “The Duck Blind” by Jeffery B. Burton; “Oh Sugar” by J.D. Graves: “Seen One, Seen ‘Em All” by Pearce Hansen; “The Herat Handshake” by Max Sheridan; “Sunrise at the Devils Pulpit” by Mike Derochick; and “White Powder, Black Leather, Grey Badges” by A.B. Patterson.
As you can see, my list of favorites consists of damn near half the rag. But like I said, this is due to my subjective affection for those particular titles, not because those unnamed weren’t also worth your time. They are. They all are. So have at it.
My favorites in this installment include Diana Deverelle’s “Organ Tradeoff,” A. B. Patterson’s “White Powder, Black Leather, Grey Badges,” and “Tumblr Girls” by Lisa Douglass. Deverell’s tale involves a femme fatale with a talent for poker, a weakness for men, and a bum kidney. Patterson’s story features his series PI Harry Kenmare, whose case requires him to act as a voyeur of vengeance for a biker gang. Douglass serves up a jaded, hard-as-nails protagonist, who’s ready to handle just about anything her rough life throws at her, even a perverted clown.
The range of hard-boiled and noir styles here is wide and hugely enjoyable - plenty of twists and characters filled with darkness.
If you love hard-boiled and noir, then this is a MUST read anthology.
My full, detailed review is available on my blog.
Happy reading, my friends!