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Overnight Sensation (1984)

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Aug 14, 2019

US / 28 minutes / color / Bloom Dir & Pr: Jon N. Bloom Scr: Craig Buck Story: “The Colonel’s Lady” (1947; Creatures of Circumstance) by W. Somerset Maugham Cine: James Glennon Cast: Robert Loggia, Louise Fletcher, Shari Belafonte-Harper, Parley Baer, Lee Garlington, Vincent Guastaferro, Ed read more

book: The Burgess Boys (2013) by Elizabeth Strout

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Aug 12, 2019

I’m really not quite sure why I enjoyed this book as much as I did. It’s for the most part extremely well written (the two or three bits of ugly phrasing — no more than two or three — jar far more than they would in a less accomplished text), but then I read quite a lot of v read more

Exposed (1947)

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Aug 10, 2019

US / 59 minutes / bw / Republic Dir: George Blair Assoc Pr: William J. O’Sullivan Scr: Royal K. Cole, Charles Moran Story: Charles Moran Cine: William Bradford Cast: Adele Mara, Robert Scott (i.e., Mark Roberts), Adrian Booth (i.e., Lorna Gray), Robert Armstrong, William Haade, Bob Steele, Harry Sha read more

book: Conviction (2019) by Denise Mina

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Aug 8, 2019

One morning Anna’s husband Hamish arrives at the breakfast table with a suitcase and the announcement that he’s leaving her for her best friend Estelle and taking the kids with him. After their departure, in desperation to get her mind off her grief and fury, Anna carries on listening t read more

book: Ghostwalk (2007) by Rebecca Stott

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Aug 7, 2019

A modern-day mystery rooted in the history of science — specifically in Isaac Newton’s Cambridge career, with the emphasis on his alchemical researches? Oh, yes. As you can imagine, this book had sold itself to me before I was halfway through the blurb’s first paragraph. And I was read more

Homicide for Three (1948)

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Aug 6, 2019

vt An Interrupted Honeymoon; vt Whispers in the Dark US / 60 minutes / bw / Republic Dir: George Blair Assoc Pr: Stephen Auer Scr: Bradbury Foote, Albert DeMond Story: A Puzzle for Puppets (1944) by Patrick Quentin Cine: John MacBurnie Cast: Audrey Long, Warren Douglas, Grant Withers, Lloyd Corrigan read more

book: The Last Weynfeldt (2008; trans 2016 Steph Morris) by Martin Suter

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Aug 6, 2019

In Zurich Adrian Weynfeldt lives a largely solitary life. Possessed of enormous inherited wealth and paid healthily for his work as an art appraiser for a major auction house, he has acquaintances rather than friends, and almost all of those acquaintances are essentially spongers, tolerating his pr read more

Once a Thief (1935)

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Aug 1, 2019

UK / 67 minutes / bw / Ambassador Dir: George Pearson Pr: Anthony Havelock-Allan Scr: Basil Mason Story: Robert William Dargavel Cine: Francis Carver Cast: John Stuart, Derek Gorst, Frederick Culley, Nancy Burne, Lewis Shaw, Lola Duncan, Joan Kemp-Welsh, Ronald Shiner. An enjoyable little filler th read more

book: The Collector (2006; trans 2015 Sophie Weiner) by Anne-Laure Thiéblemont

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Aug 1, 2019

In Paris, Marion Spicer is a youngish investigator working within the art-marketing world to help track down stolen art and authenticate (or otherwise) items that have been offered to the major auctioneers for sale. What she hasn’t realized until now is that her long-estranged father took on read more

book: The 6:41 to Paris (2013; trans 2015 Alison Anderson) by Jean-Philippe Blondel

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Jul 30, 2019

A short novel with a very simple fundamental premise; what makes it so appealing — compulsive reading, indeed — is the execution. Early on the Monday morning following a weekend spent looking after her aged parents, 47-year-old Cecile Duffaut boards the commuter train to Paris. Even tho read more

book: The Day is Dark (2008; trans 2011 Philip Roughton) by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Jul 28, 2019

Yrsa Sigurðardóttir’s series character, Icelandic lawyer Þóra Guðmundsdóttir, is roped in by her banker boyfriend Matthew to go with him and a group of others to a remote mining site in Greenland to investigate, for insurance purposes, a series of odd and possibly murderous events there. read more

The True Story of Lynn Stuart (1958)

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Jul 27, 2019

vt The Grasshopper; vt The Other Life of Lynn Stuart US / 78 minutes / bw / Columbia Dir: Lewis Seiler Pr: Bryan Foy Scr: John H. Kneubuhl Story: newspaper articles by Pat Michaels Cine: Burnett Guffey Cast: Betsy Palmer, Jack Lord, Barry Atwater, Edmund G. Brown, Kim Spalding, Karl Lukas, Casey Wal read more

The Drop (2014)

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Jul 23, 2019

US / 107 minutes / color / Chernin, Big Screen, Ingenious, TSG, Fox Searchlight Dir: Michaël R. Roskam Pr: Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping Scr: Dennis Lehane Story: “Animal Rescue” (2009 in Boston Noir, edited by Dennis Lehane) by Dennis Lehane Cine: Nicolas Karakatsanis Cast: Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, read more

book: Vintage 1954 (2018; trans 2019 Jane Aitken & Emily Boyce) by Antoine Laurain

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Jul 21, 2019

I very much enjoyed Laurain’s The Red Notebook when I read it last year. I have a few reservations about Vintage 1954, his latest, but, overall, the good things outbalance the not so good ones. Three people save Parisian realtor Hubert after he’s been locked in the cellar of his apartme read more

book: Beyond Suspicion (2006; trans 2009 Linda Coverdale) by Tanguy Viel

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Jul 20, 2019

One of the review quotes on the cover of this short book says it reads like a Raymond Chandler novel, a comment of maximal piffledom; I guess the unnamed reviewer has the excuse that s/he was writing for a French literary magazine, rather than an Anglophone one, but even making that allowance may b read more

book: Fire in the Blood (trans 2007 Sandra Smith) by Irène Némirovsky

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Jul 19, 2019

In 1942, Ukrainian immigrée Irène Némirovsky was shipped off from her home in France to Auschwitz, where she died of typhus, aged 39; a few months later her husband met a similar fate, being transported to Auschwitz to be murdered by the spiritual ancestors of the MAGA crew. By the time of her deat read more

The Stolen (2017)

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Jul 18, 2019

New Zealand, UK / 98 minutes / color / Cork, MiriquidiFilm, Red Rock, Head Gear, Metrol, Kreo, The Exchange, Ascendant Dir: Niall Johnson Pr & Story: Emily Corcoran Scr: Emily Corcoran, Niall Johnson Cine: Alun Bollinger Cast: Alice Eve, Jack Davenport, Graham McTavish, Stan Walker, Cohen Hollow read more

Forthcoming Attraction!

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Jul 17, 2019

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book: Where Roses Never Die (2012; trans Don Bartlett 2016) by Gunnar Staalesen

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Jul 16, 2019

Nearly twenty-five years ago toddler Mette Misvaer disappeared from the sandpit in which she’d been happily playing. Although the police have never officially closed the case, it’s safe to say it’s no longer active; besides, almost all of the cops who were involved in the case hav read more

book: All She Was Worth (1992; trans 1996 Alfred Birnbaum) by Miyuki Miyabe

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Jul 15, 2019

Tokyo cop Shunsuke Honma is in the midst of a few months’ sick leave to recover from being shot in the knee in the line of duty. A distant cousin begs him, as a favor, to track down the cousin’s fiancée Shoko Sekine, who has suddenly vanished from sight on it being discovered she has a read more