Crime king and noir legend, Alan Guthrie (Edgar nominee and author of Kindle bestseller Bye Bye Baby) has an interview with Black Shadows author, Simon Swift on his new Crime blog, Criminal-E. Check it out here:
Move over Raymond Chandler, there's a new kid in town, and he's good...damned good.
I have always loved Chandler's work and usually find myself comparing anything in the same genre to him.Well guess who has a new benchmark?
I am still smiling at the pristine and rapid fire dialogue. 1940's USA and it's all there...the attitude, the sights, smells, sounds of that time and place are alive and well and living on these pages, luring you in and holding you captive.
I dare you not to smile at the verbal exchanges. The pacing is as perfect as it gets, author Simon Swift doesn't rush you through, he uses his unique style to edge you into that marvelous state of "I must know more!"
Don't misunderstand, the characterizations lose nothing in this pace. They are rich and intensely visual.
I am putting this on my list of best books for 2011.
Do yourselves a favor...read it.